Resin distributor Chase Plastic Services Inc. has completed a major expansion of its distribution center in South Bend, Ind.
Clarkston, Mich.-based Chase broke ground last year on the $4 million addition. The expansion increases warehouse capacity at the site by more than 60 percent, adding 80,000 square feet for additional storage of more than 9 million pounds of material.
With the addition, the center now covers 206,000 square feet. In a June 15 news release, officials said that the updated facility improves processing throughput and includes five additional loading docks. The expansion also adds a new blender, equipment upgrades and expanded repacking capacity to enhance value-added services such as custom blending, material repackaging and bulk-out capability.
Officials added that the strategic location of the warehouse "allows for the latest cutoff times in the industry, which provides customers more flexibility."
Chase now employs 12 in South Bend and expects to add 10-12 more jobs as a result of the expansion. Supply chain manager Mike Hall said in the release that the facility was designed for expansion when it was built in 2016.
"We're excited to add this additional space earlier than we had originally planned," he added. "We value the partnership, commitment and support offered by the city of South Bend to help make this possible.
"It will give us an increased ability to provide outrageous service to all of our customers as we grow along with them, always striving to exceed their expectations with each order."
Chase offers more than 26,000 grades of specialty, engineering and commodity plastics.