Why our Tacoma facility offers supply chain benefits to machinery OEMs

With its expansive processing centre and inland trucking and ocean services, our Tacoma facility on the US west coast delivers a single solution helping agricultural, mining and construction machinery OEMs boost supply chain velocity.

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A single provider for all your logistics needs

Strategically positioned for OEMs to sell to dealers in the Pacific Northwest region, our Tacoma equipment processing centre (EPC) not only helps speed up time to market but also benefits from access to a Free-Trade Zone, enabling customers to postpone, reduce or even eliminate customs duties.

Tacoma is an important port in our shipping network, with a regular RoRo liner service to and from Asia and Europe. The fact that our EPC is located close to the shipping terminal means your machinery can be moved quickly and efficiently from the port to the processing facility, saving time in the supply-chain.

In addition, our inland trucking services from the EPC to end customers and dealers also help boost your supply chain velocity.

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Trained technicians perform value-added services at the EPC on a daily basis.

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Products in storage. Machines are separated by brand and model to keep track of products and to control inventories.

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A worker directing a machine onto a trailer for transport to dealer.

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The processing centre has the ability to do wielding of various kinds like mounting of attachments and modifications as needed.

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The facility is in a Free-Trade Zone area, which provides customers with incentives.

Greater flexibility and reduced time to market

Another advantage of our EPC is the range of services on offer, which include storage and preservation, pre-delivery inspections, assembly, finish-to-order customisation, kit installation and tire changes.

In addition, the facility features a new Rubb storage building and extra acreage for truck loading and unloading.

When combined with its location, these services bring added flexibility to OEMs who can store machines until they determine the final destination, thereby reducing their dwell time between when a machine is ordered and ultimately delivered.

“Our Tacoma EPC enables OEMs, including those in the roadbuilding, agricultural, forestry and mining industries, to have inventory available close to end delivery, which reduces lead times when dealers place an order for a machine,” says Dan Higgins, senior manager for EPC business development. “As soon as a dealer places an order, we can customise the machine and arrange transportation to the final customer, which helps improve time to market.

“Our skilled technicians perform these services on a daily basis, so customers and dealers alike can expect high quality,” he adds.

Fast facts

The Tacoma EPC

  • 19 acres of paved parking
  • Very close to our ocean transportation berth
  • Free-Trade Zone (FTZ) incentives
  • Easy access to I-5 Interstate
  • 10,000 square feet of covered parts storage
  • Eco-friendly wash bay with oil/water separator
  • Two finish-to-order work bays
  • Services: Receiving/shipping, storage, exercise, pre-delivery inspections, minor paint and body repair, rust prevention, washing, welding, hydraulics, electrical, assembly, finish to order customisation, kit installation, tire work
  • Truck loading, unloading and rigging

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