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POSTED: September 30, 2012 7:00 p.m.

A tenant of Bryan County’s northern industrial park is growing and bringing more jobs to Black Creek.

Matson Logistics, which is growing its Port of Savannah-distribution operations, recently signed a lease to expand in Building 100 at Interstate Centre in Bryan County, according to a press release from the Development Authority of Bryan County.

The expansion is expected to create more than 40 new jobs in the next five years and add 237,600 square feet to the company’s current 135,000-square-foot facility. With the expanded facility, Matson Logistics’ full-time staff at Black Creek is expected to exceed 100 within the next few years.

Matson Logistics provides warehousing and distribution services and has been operating in Black Creek since 2011 with an additional location in Pooler. The expansion is expected to be a boost to the company’s use of Georgia Port Authority’s Garden City terminal.

“Matson is a longtime port user, and we’re excited to see them expanding in our local area,” GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz said. “This is one in a flurry of recent announcements springing from the Port of Savannah commercial real estate sector. Matson’s decision to expand to 370,000 square feet in Bryan County is another good example of positive net absorption in our commercial real estate sector, and a testament to the Port of Savannah area’s logistical advantages.

“Increasingly the Port of Savannah area is a strategic market for third-party logistics warehouse and distribution operations,” Foltz continued. “Locating in proximity to the ports makes for a more efficient business model, allowing greater flexibility and utilization of company assets.”

Matson Logistics began offering warehousing and distribution services in 2008 as an expansion of its suite of logistics capabilities, which encompass domestic and international rail intermodal service, long haul and regional highway service, supply chain services and LTL transportation services. It currently operates warehousing and distribution facilities in Northern and Southern California, as well as the Port of Savannah market.

Interstate Centre is a 1,100-acre, class-A industrial park at the intersection of Interstate 16 and Highway 280, 18 miles west of the Port of Savannah. Building 100 is a partnership between the Development Authority of Bryan County and TPA Realty Services. Matson Logistics joins Oneida, Blue Bell Creameries, Kawasaki, Oracal USA and others in calling Interstate Centre home to its Savannah-metro distribution operations.

 

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