To bring a much-needed option for secure, high quality warehousing space close to the Port of Virginia, World Distribution Services (WDS), a UWL sister company, has announced that it will invest $6.2 million to renovate a large facility in Virginia Beach.
The renovation, which will be completed in March 2020, will create a substantial 320,000 square feet (29,728 square meters) of warehousing space at 1537 Air Rail Avenue, less than 15 miles from the port’s container terminals.
The new warehouse will be designed to fit the needs of retail, manufacturing, and food and beverage industries, equipped with high bay racking for high-value goods, 40 dock doors, 20,000 square feet (1,858 square meters) of dedicated food-grade space, a top tier warehouse management system (WMS), and more.
To help with the renovation, WDS received a grant from the Virginia Beach Development Authority (VBDA).
“This company will be nearly doubling its warehousing space [in Virginia], which speaks to its success and its expectations for the future,” said VBDA Interim Economic Development Director Taylor Adams.
The VBDA approved an EDIP grant of $35,000 for WDS based on the number of new jobs it will create.
“We are very excited to be expanding our warehouse operations into Virginia Beach in 2020. We wanted to bring high quality facilities close to the Port of Virginia to better serve our customers and to improve the work environment for our employees. Thanks to the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development, we were able to find a facility that will meet both of those objectives,” said Duncan Wright, President of WDS.
Want to learn more about the new Norfolk warehouse? Contact World Distribution Services today!