May 30, 2017 9:00 AM, EDT

World Distribution Services Opens Georgia Warehouse

World Distribution Services has moved into a 150,000-square-foot warehouse near the Port of Savannah, Ga., which the company said will help accommodate the growing container traffic to the East Coast.

The warehouse will store food and beverages, machinery, chemicals, automotive parts and apparel. It will replace a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Savannah that was under lease.

Last year, the Port of Savannah handled 3.64 million industry-standard 20-foot-equivalent units, or TEUs, the second-highest total in port history. Through the first four months of this year, dockworkers have transported 1.3 million TEUs, up 10% from 2016. The port has processed upward of 300,000 TEUs each month so far in 2017, the first time ever in its history.

“We are pleased to have taken another step forward in executing our strategic expansion plans on the U.S. East Coast,” WDS Senior Vice President John Morrow said. “A critical part of this development was to ensure we secured additional contiguous space to grow into. The recent deal includes 100,000 square feet of expansion space in addition to the current 150,000-square-foot warehousing space. This will allow us to continue our commitment supporting our clients’ distribution needs in the Southeast.”

The Port of Savannah ranks No. 4 in North America based on annual container volume, according to American Association of Port Authorities.