BMW drives $11M distribution center to Port of GalvestonBMW drives $11M distribution center to Port of Galvestonhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=11842015-04-27T14:36:00Z2015-04-27T00:00:00Z

GALVESTON - BMW Group will build an $11 million distribution center at the Port of Galveston. The facility will include more than 44,000 sf of processing space in two buildings on about 20 acres.

When completed early next year, the center is projected to begin handling about 32,500 fresh-from-the-factory vehicles annually for distribution to 45 BMW and Mini dealerships in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Once the cars are offloaded, workers will fix flats and tend to other mishaps that may have occurred on the trip from Germany and the United Kingdom before steering the cars toward their ultimate destinations.

The facility will be owned and operated by WWL Vehicle Services Americas, and BMW Group will have managers on site to oversee the process. WWL is a global provider of auto processing and outbound vehicle logistics services.

"It represents a significant commitment on the part of BMW in bringing cars through the port and creating jobs in the local economy," deputy port director Peter Simons said.

The company said it expects to employ about 40 people, though Simons said the new center will support other jobs unloading cargo.

Craig Westbrook, a BMW of North America vice president, said the company chose Galveston because it wanted to be the first vehicle distribution center in the city's port.

Logistically, he added, it's better to keep vehicles on the ships longer. They receive less road rash — which can happen when transported long distances on trucks — and get to customers faster.

BMWs are currently trucked to Houston from a vehicle distribution center in Brunswick, Ga., one of four in the U.S.

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