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Dukal, OHL enter Savannah market
Dukal Corporation, a leading supplier of disposable medical products, has chosen the Port of Savannah as its major port of entry, and established new distribution center space in Savannah’s Foreign Trade Zone.“Our new central distribution center in Savannah will provide closer proximity to our customers at reduced container rates and distribution costs,” said Travis Torre, director of logistics for Dukal.
Dukal has contracted for 140,000 square feet at a Tremont Road location in Savannah, in close proximity to Interstate 95 (north-south) and I-16 (east-west). The space features 32-foot clearance and 32 dock doors. Falcon Transport will handle drayage from the port to the warehouse, a distance less than six miles.
“Dukal’s decision to form its East Coast distribution center in Savannah puts the company in a prime location to more efficiently reach one of the fastest growing markets in the nation,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz.
Dukal will join a growing number of cargo owners who have located in Savannah. The port’s logistics network includes two Class I railroads on terminal and a hub of 4 million square feet of available distribution center space.
“Georgia’s logistics network of road, rail and ocean transport is unsurpassed in the United States,” said GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson. “Cargo handling at Georgia’s deepwater ports in Brunswick and Savannah sets the industry standard in efficiency and cost effectiveness.”
Dukal has contracted with third party logistics (3PL) provider OHL to run the distribution center. The Dukal location is OHL’s first foray into the Savannah market, although the logistics provider is well established in Atlanta. OHL has a companywide network of 32 million square feet of warehouse space.
“The Savannah operation will serve everything east of Texas and up to Montana,” Torre said. Dukal Corporation provides bandages, surgical supplies and hygiene items for four markets: medical, dental, health spa and veterinary clinics.
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