KI Logistics, a subsidiary of global logistics leader Kimura, Inc., will establish its new North American headquarters and a major logistics facility at The Matrix Business and Technology Park in Greenville County, South Carolina. The $11.5 million investment will generate at least 149 new jobs.
“Our mission is to provide leading edge logistics capabilities, superior customer service, operational excellence and rapid delivery to support manufacturing customers in industries including automotive, pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods,” said Harry Chase, VP of Logistics for KI Logistics. “We are extremely pleased to establish our new operations here in Greenville County, and very appreciative for the support and leadership of the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Greenville Area Development Corporation, readySC, and others who assisted in making this announcement a reality.”
KI Logistics will build its custom facility at The Matrix, encompassing approximately 206,000 square feet initially with the option to expand the facility. The company expects to begin operations at the facility in July, 2014.
Parent company Kimura Inc. already operates a manufacturing facility in nearby Laurens, SC. Yet the century-old organization is best known for its leading-edge expertise in logistics and distribution, serving as a preferred partner for such leading organizations as Drive Automotive, JTEKT and Toyota.
“Our systems are based on a culture of continuous improvement to enhance results while lowering costs for customers,” said Chase. “We intend to make this facility a showcase of our expertise, efficiently assisting clients in optimizing their supply chain and operations while teaching and training a new generation of associates to embrace the lean tools and processes we embrace organizationally.”
“We are delighted that Kimura is expanding its presence in our state with the addition of KI Logistics’ new facility, creating more than 100 jobs,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “Our state is equipped with all the right assets for logistics providers to succeed – deep-water port facilities, efficient highways and rail systems. We welcome KI Logistics to Greenville.”
“KI Logistics is a wonderful example of an international business that is using world-class technologies and lean processes to expand their brand in the Upstate,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, Board Member of the Greenville Area Development Corporation and Chairman of Greenville County Council. “The company is a globally-respected business focused on innovation and known for its community involvement, and we welcome them to Greenville County.”