Kalmar breaks ground for North American Customer Experience Center in North Charleston, SC.
CARGOTEC CORPORATION, TRADE PRESS RELEASE, 23 AUGUST 2018 AT 16.00 (EEST)
Kalmar, part of Cargotec, broke ground on a Class A industrial build-to-suit project in North Charleston, South Carolina, with developer Landmark Enterprises on 15 August 2018. The new Customer Experience Center (CEC) will serve as a showroom, training facility, demonstration area and customer service center for Kalmar's North American mobile equipment business, including counterbalance and container handling products.
"The Kalmar sales team is eager to open this facility in the critical Charleston market," said Steve Cianci, Vice President, Mobile Equipment Solution Sales. "Once complete, we will have equipment staged for quick delivery, room to showcase new equipment and demonstrate our products for our dealers and end users alike. We'll also have the ability to offer safety, operator and technical training on all our products as our training facilities will double in size. Additionally, this facility allows us to offer service and support for certain Kalmar products in the Charleston area."
"This new development will provide a unique opportunity for our North American customers to experience and train on our products," said Chris Booth, Vice President, Market Area North America, Kalmar. "We are excited to be partnering with Landmark and are grateful for their contributions and to the city of North Charleston for welcoming this opportunity."
The new building will be in Cross County Commerce Park, an approximately 34-acre site that runs between Cross County Road and Cross Park Drive in North Charleston. The 15,000 square feet (roughly 1,390m2) building will be a pre-engineered metal warehouse clad with a combination of engineered stucco and masonry. It will include over 2,000 square feet (186m2) of office build-out and a 70,000 square feet (roughly 6,500m2) concrete yard where customers will be able to test-drive and train to use Kalmar's equipment. The new facility is scheduled to open early 2019.
Jason Ward, President of Landmark Enterprises stated, "Landmark is excited to work with Kalmar and provide a real estate solution that will allow it to better serve its North American customer base. We are proud to help raise the profile of this global company in the Charleston area, and to assist in its path to future growth and success."
In the picture (left to right): Robert Hildebrecht (Kalmar), Steve Cianci (Kalmar), Chris Booth (Kalmar), Mayor Keith Summey (City of North Charleston), Lynn Blanton (Landmark Enterprises), Eugene Blanton (Landmark Enterprises), Councilwoman Rhonda Jerome (City of North Charleston), Jason Ward (Landmark Enterprises)
Further information for the press:
Chris Booth, Vice President - Market Area North America, Kalmar, tel. +1 (785) 229-7117, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Cianci, Vice President - Mobile Equipment Solution Sales, Kalmar, tel. +1 (224) 279-5485, email@example.com
Maija Eklöf, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Kalmar, tel. +358 20 777 4096, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move. www.kalmarglobal.com
Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2017 totalled approximately EUR 3.2 billion and it employs over 11,000 people. www.cargotec.com