Oakwood’s industrial presence is about to get much larger.
Construction is well underway on a 350,000-square foot warehouse and distribution center for Test Rite Products, a California-based distributor of consumer goods, such as household and auto products. It serves major retailers in the U.S. and Canada, such as Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.
The plant, which is in Tanners Creek Business Park straddling Thurmon Tanner Parkway, “will be an expansion of our business on the West Coast,” said Paul Freeman, Test Rite’s director of business development.
The 26-acre facility “will be importing some of the same items and fulfilling them to East Coast distribution centers of the retailers themselves,” he said. “It’s about efficiency — meeting retailers’ needs and demands of the customers faster and cheaper.”
Compared to the Los Angeles plant, the Oakwood facility “will have higher technology in the way we store things and move products around the warehouse,” Freeman said during a recent visit to the plant.
Test Rite’s parent company is Taiwan’s Test Rite Products International, which runs a retail chain known as Hola.
Freeman said the plant has a Dec. completion date, at which point, the company will start moving from its 40,000-square-foot Norcross office.
In addition to a warehouse, the building will have “office space for salespeople, analysts, plus a call center for customer service and product support,” Freeman said.
The new plant will employ about 50 people, including those moving from Norcross.
“As we ramp our capabilities here, we’ll add personnel,” Freeman said.