The new center, according to the company, is meant to support the expansion its southern region, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. BMW said the new facility will “better serve the 45 BMW and Mini dealers” in those four states.
“For us at BMW, there is nothing more important than the satisfaction and delight of our customers, and this Vehicle Distribution Center will play a critical role in keeping our customers happy,” said Craig Westbrook, vice president of customer experience for BMW of North America, at the opening of the new facility. “We are very excited to be here, and be a part of Galveston’s economic vitality.”
The center, known as the Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center, will be located inside the port facility and will import and process approximately 32,500 vehicles annually, which represents an import value of nearly $1.3 billion, according to BMW of North America. It will be staffed with 40 BMW Group and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics employees.
The company said the new facility will contain 44,000 square feet of processing space across two buildings on approximately 40 acres of land. Operations such as vehicle programming, vehicle inspection, accessory installation, along with vehicle maintenance and storage will be performed there.
Stephan Reiff, vice president of aftersales for BMW of North America, said the company’s southern region is one of the fastest growing in the country.
“Building this facility allows us to continue to deliver the highest quality vehicles while providing faster delivery times to our customers,” Reiff said at the opening.
During the opening, the South Carolina-produced X5 model was displayed and BMW said it will equip the port with an X5 to use for official port business.
Michael Mierzwa, director of the Port of Galveston, said at the opening that the distribution center “will have a substantial economic impact on the region and is in keeping with the port’s strategic vision to attract new business that will promote jobs and economic prosperity for the community.”
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