SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Timber Products Co. has acquired a 20-acre facility in Thomson, Georgia that will serve as the eastern hub for the rapidly expanding TP Logistics. The company said the acquisition allows Timber Products to provide full 3PL services, an enhanced customer experience, and expansion of its vertical integration into the Southeast United States.
The new facility is scheduled to open in January 2021. Timber Products noted this is the first in a series of planned acquisitions as TP Logistics begins to spread its footprint across the United States.
“We are excited to expand our operations further into the Southeast U.S. This will enable us to grow our Logistics operation and expand our truck fleet in the East,” said Tom Gennarelli, vice president of TP Logistics and TP Trucking.
TP Trucking currently operates 160 flatbed trucks in the lower 48 states. In addition to its asset-based trucking services, it also provides brokerage services and Class A equipment maintenance and body repair out of the Central Point, Oregon facility. With more than 120 drivers and 40 owner-operators within the current fleet, TP Trucking said it intends to increase its fleet size by 30 percent, to 500 trucks, over the next five years. This growth will be possible via acquisitions, organic growth, and additional reload and trans load opportunities in key markets across the country.
The new facility has 75,000 square feet of indoor storage space and will include a maintenance shop, driver’s lounge, truck wash, and tarping station, as well as extra storage space outdoors.
In addition to trucking and transload services, the facility has rail access to the CSXT and will allow Timber Products the ability to cross dock from coast to coast. This location provides a direct rail and truck link to other Timber Products manufacturing facilities. It also provides TP Global and all other customers with convenient access to the port of Savannah, Georgia. The site has the ability to load/unload boxcar, center beam, flat cars, and containers.
The facility will serve as home to 20 short-haul and long-haul trucks with the capacity to transload three cars per week. Long term plans include adding more trucks to the fleet, a full service, two-bay maintenance shop for Class A trucks and equipment, and the ability to transload more than 20 cars per week, the company said.
The warehouse will utilize state-of-the-art technology to track inventory and warehouse shipments in real-time as well as the ability to store, reload/unload, cross dock and strip containers, the company said. All services offered from the Thomson facility will have access to the TP Trucking fleet with increased capacity and the ability to loop from East to West, port to port.
This fleet includes Conestoga’s, Open Deck and Curtain Side trailers. Additionally, in the West, there are Maxi and Residual trailers that could expand East. Timber Products said it is committed to continued growth and will add similar TP Logistics operations in Texas and Indianapolis over the next several months.
Founded in 1964, TP Trucking is the transportation division of Timber Products Co., with operational locations in Oregon and Mississippi, TP Trucking runs in the 48 contiguous states, plus Canada with a diverse fleet of trucks.
Founded in 1918 and headquartered in Springfield, Oregon, Timber Products Co. produces a wide range of diversified wood products, including its well-known hardwood plywood. The company offers a fully integrated approach to manufacturing with company-owned forestland, nine manufacturing facilities, an international division, and a nationwide transportation division.
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