Leading distributor of electric supplies and electrical fittings celebrates “opening day” for its 55,000-square-foot facility in Duluth

 (GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 31, 2015 – Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Georgia Department of Economic Development joined the City of Duluth and Madison Electric Products (MEP), leading distributor of electric supplies and electrical fittings, to celebrate the opening of its Southeast Distribution Center in Duluth, Gwinnett County, Georgia. Located at 2605 N. Berkeley Lake Rd., the 55,000-square-foot facility will house 10 to 12 Gwinnett-based employees.

Brad Wiandt, President of MEP said, “The opening of the new Southeast Distribution Center is yet another example of our ongoing dedication to continuous improvement at Madison Electric Products. More importantly, this new facility reinforces our unyielding commitment to providing the highest level of service to our customers. While this initiative had a specific focus on our valued customers located in the southeastern quadrant of the U.S., this facility will help provide logistics efficiencies throughout our entire U.S. network.”

“More and more companies are establishing their Southeast distribution centers in Georgia,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our geographical location, direct access to one of the fastest growing ports in the country and a logistics system that provides access to 80 percent of the U.S. population within a two-day truck drive or two-hour flight make our state the ideal choice for growing companies such as Madison Electric Products to locate distribution operations.”

MEP’s Southeast Distribution Center will serve as a hub, allowing next-day delivery to most of MEPs customers, as well as same day service to the local area and standard 1-2 day delivery for most of the southeastern U.S. This will ensure faster turnaround on orders and improved customer service.

“We are glad to be in this community,” explains MEP’s Director of Operations, Kirk Pace. “This new location was strategically chosen to enable us to make service to our customers as simple as possible.”

“We celebrate Madison Electrics’ investment in Gwinnett County and its role in the success of our community,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are honored that they have chosen our community as the site of their Southeastern Distribution Center—a testament to Gwinnett’s ability to help businesses remain competitive on a national scale.”

The new distribution center compliments MEP’s existing facilities in Ohio and California. With a radio frequency technology warehouse management system, MEP can instantly track customer inventory and effectively manage operations. The high-efficiency warehouse is also wire-guided, increasing speed and productivity, reducing accidents and allowing operators to concentrate on superior pick logic.

“Attracting innovative companies like Madison Electric who are leaders in their industry and who engage the community is the continued vision of Duluth,” stated Mayor Pro Tem Greg Whitlock. “We are excited they chose Gwinnett County and Duluth, GA as the home of their Southeast Distribution Center.”

“Madison Electric Products’ investment in their new distribution center truly highlights the resources, including a strong workforce, expansive infrastructure and strategic partnerships that distinguishes Gwinnett as one of the top business climates in the country,” said Shantell Wilson, Senior Project Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. “I look forward to assisting them in their growth and wish them great success.”

Madison Electric has led the industry with field-tested and field created products developed by electricians for electricians for more than 80 years.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

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