MINNEAPOLIS — Uniform rental and linen supply company AmeriPride Services will soon establish a new National Distribution Center in Memphis, Tenn.
The location will support all U.S. operations and will be responsible for distribution and apparel support functions previously handled in San Bernardino, Calif., and Watkinsville, Ga., including embroidery, processing, sewing and heat sealing.
“The central location of our new Distribution Center in Memphis will allow us to improve our operations and maximize efficiencies,” says Wiz Wyatt, vice president of supply chain at AmeriPride. “Memphis is the distribution capital of the world and the home of many major shipping hubs, which will give us more choices and help us reduce shipping costs. Most importantly, the move will allow us to continue to provide the best possible service to our customers.”
The distribution center will support AmeriPride’s 29 production facilities and 56 service centers across the United States. AmeriPride expects to have 18 employees trained and on board at the new facility by April 2014.
The company plans to transport equipment and machinery to the new property in late December and begin transferring workload to the new location in January.
“Uniforms and apparel is a significant component of our service offerings and we will continue to improve our operations to provide the best possible service to our industrial, food and beverage and healthcare customers,” says John Dyer, director of distribution at AmeriPride. “We have planned a ‘seamless’ and orderly transition to Memphis and our existing apparel customers will not notice any disruption to their service as a result.”