Michelin distribution center site plans filed

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Site plans have been filed for the first two warehouses of Greenville-based Michelin North America’s proposed 3.9 million-square-foot distribution centers in Spartanburg County.

The plans, filed on Dec. 9, show two buildings — a 432,768-square-foot facility beside a 662,400-square-foot facility — totaling nearly 1.1 million square feet.

When complete, the $270 million center will feature six connected 662,400-square-foot buildings, according to Michelin. Those facilities will support 350 jobs and the distribution of the tire manufacturer’s Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands for passenger vehicles, heavy trucks and agricultural equipment.

The first phase of the center is expected to open in late 2017, and the whole center could be operational by early 2019.

Michelin spokesman Tony Fouladpour declined to comment on the site plan, and instead referred back to the company chairman and president Pete Selleck’s statement in September.

“The Spartanburg distribution facility will cap a multiyear evolution of Michelin’s distribution network in North America,” Selleck said in the statement. “We see it as a transformational milestone designed to better serve our customers while optimizing inventories and improving supply efficiency.”

The facility is being developed on 165 acres of t 462-acre site currently comprised of six properties at 3601 Highway 101 near the intersection of Highway 417.

Panattoni Development will construct the facility for Michelin through its subsidiary Alston Construction.

On Dec. 13, Michelin filed for environmental permits with the Charleston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

In the filing, Michelin provided details about the construction’s impact on wetlands at the site. The company proposed purchasing 6,189.3 restoration credits from the Taylors Creek Mitigation Bank and 6,189.3 preservation credits from the Turners Branch Mitigation Bank.

Michelin spent the past two years evaluating more than 70 sites for the project before settling on the location off Highway 101, according to the filing.

In September, the company said Swisslog Group, a subsidiary of Germany-based KUKA AG, will provide state-of-the-art automation for the center’s receiving, tire selection, sequencing and shipping operations, as well as providing warehouse management and controls software.

On Oct. 10, the S.C. Department of Commerce, Spartanburg Economic Futures Group, Spartanburg Community College (SCC), Michelin, Panattoni and Alston hosted a subcontractor outreach event at SCC.

During the event, project officials told participants the amount of concrete that will be poured into the center’s footprint would be enough to span from Spartanburg to Florida. They were also told the facility will be one of the largest warehouses in the world.

“Michelin is not a company that seeks the limelight, but they do so much more than you know,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt. “Michelin and BMW changed Spartanburg and the Upstate forever. We have the finest automaker and the finest tire maker in the world right here.”

Michelin has seven tire plants and nearly 9,000 employees in South Carolina. Since 1975, the company has invested more than $5 billion in the Palmetto State.

Britt said he believes the distribution center will transform the Highway 101 corridor south of Interstate 85, attracting new industrial and residential growth, which could have a major impact on Spartanburg County School Districts 4, 5 and 6.

“We’re poised to work with that growth to make it beneficial to the people of Spartanburg,” he said. “Michelin’s decision is monumental in so many ways.”

For more information, visit: www.michelinman.com.

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