AmeriPride Announces National Distribution Center in Memphis
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – (October 23, 2013) – AmeriPride Services Inc., a leading uniform rental and linen supply company in North America, today announced the establishment of a new National Distribution Center in Memphis, Tenn. The location will support all U.S. operations and will be responsible for distribution and apparel support functions previously handled in San Bernardino, Calif. and Watkinsville, Ga., including embroidery, processing, sewing and heat sealing.
“The central location of our new Distribution Center in Memphis will allow us to improve our operations and maximize efficiencies,” said Wiz Wyatt, VP of Supply Chain at AmeriPride. “Memphis is the distribution capital of the world and the home of many major shipping hubs, which will give us more choices and help us reduce shipping costs. Most importantly, the move will allow us to continue to provide the best possible service to our customers.”
The distribution center will support AmeriPride’s 29 production facilities and 56 service centers across the US. Hiring and training of new distribution center employees will begin in November and December and AmeriPride expects to have 18 employees trained and on-boarded by April 2014. The company will transport equipment and machinery to the new property in late December and will begin transferring workload to the new location in January.
“Uniforms and apparel is a significant component of our service offerings and we will continue to improve our operations to provide the best possible service to our industrial, food and beverage and healthcare customers,” said John Dyer, Director of Distribution at AmeriPride. “We have planned a ‘seamless’ and orderly transition to Memphis and our existing apparel customers will not notice any disruption to their service as a result.”
Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, AmeriPride Services is recognized as one of the largest uniform rental and linen supply companies in North America. Operating more than 115 production facilities and service centers throughout the United States and Canada, AmeriPride provides linen, uniforms, floor mats, restroom and cleaning products to nearly 150,000 customers every week. Founded in 1889 by George and Frank Steiner, the privately held company is still owned and managed by the Steiner family. Commitment to the customer, personalized service and innovation has sustained the company for 125 years. Additional company information can be found online at www.ameripride.com.