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Sumitomo Celebrates Opening of New Distribution Center in Suffolk, VA

October 24, 2012
Chesapeake, VA



Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) held a private ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 24th at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the opening of its new centralized distribution center in Suffolk, VA. Attendees included state and local government officials, as well as key vendors. Linda T. Johnson, Suffolk Mayor, and Ronald J. Smith, SMA President and CEO, were the key speakers for the event. Guided tours of the facility and demonstrations of the state-of-the-art inventory control software immediately followed the ceremony.

As part of their 2015 Manufacturing Vision, Sumitomo selected Suffolk as the location for their Centralized Distribution Center in order to consolidate all purchasing and stock inventories. It is the first step in the vision set forth by Ronald J. Smith, President and CEO of SMA, for reshoring gear manufacturing to the company's U.S. operations. The 60,000 square foot distribution center is designed to warehouse and distribute Sumitomo's inventory to more than 10 assembly centers located throughout the western hemisphere. The Suffolk location enables the center to operate in a foreign trade zone (FTZ) environment where Sumitomo's assembly components, both domestic and foreign, are held in the zone without being subject to customs duties and other ad valorem taxes until they enter into US commerce. In addition to the benefits that the FTZ location provides, the Centralized Distribution Center also shortens Sumitomo's global supply chain, which further strengthens the value of Sumitomo's products to their customers.

 


Suffolk Distibution Center
Virginia Regional Commerce Park
2930 Pruden Blvd, Building A, Suite D
Suffolk, Virginia, 23434
United States of America

 

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) held a private ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 24th at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the opening of its new centralized distribution center.


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