PhilaPort to Start Work on New $42M Warehouse

PhilaPort plans to break ground on Thursday on a new $42 million, 201,621-square-foot distribution center that is part of a broader capital investment program at the port.

The building at 445 Pattison Ave. will be leased to Holt Logistics Corp. as part of the company’s lease at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal. The facility will have 32 loading docks and provide storage for dry cargo arriving at that terminal. PhilaPort also intends to leverage the facility to attract new ocean lines and other business to the port. Once operational, it is expected to create 200 to 300 jobs.

A second phase totaling 217,000 square feet could eventually be built that would incorporate refrigerated warehousing.

In late 2016, the state announced it would invest more than $300 million in infrastructure, warehousing, and equipment at the port. The work aimed to double container capacity and position it for future growth at its Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, its automobile-handling operations, and the Tioga Marine Terminal.

Southport Auto Terminal, a $110 million vehicle processing facility, opened at PhilaPort in October 2019. Glovis America, Inc., a third-party logistics provider for Hyundai Auto Group, operates the 155-acre complex. The building processes Hyundais and Kias coming in from Korea.

*Article courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal

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