Bennett Distribution Services Celebrates Opening of Largest Warehouse in Columbia County

October 25, 2016

Augusta, Georgia (October 25, 2016) – Bennett Distribution Services, LLC, (BDS) an affiliate of Bennett International Group, LLC, and Hoback Investments, LLC,  today celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art, 524,700-square-foot automated warehouse in Grovetown, Ga. As the largest free-standing warehouse built in Columbia County and among the largest in the region, it will exclusively support Bennett customer John Deere. Leaders from Bennett, John Deere and Columbia County gave remarks at a ribbon-cutting and open house held this afternoon on the warehouse grounds.

“We are very excited about the new warehouse, especially its proximity to our plants,” says Mary Pat Tubb, factory manager for John Deere. “We are grateful to BDS and Hoback for the vision they had to make a step function change in technology and warehouse management along with the consolidation.  Outfitting the warehouse has been a joint effort between Hoback and Deere, and we expect that the efficiency gains with this consolidation should be evident to us on day one.”

“John Deere is one of Columbia County’s largest employers, and we want to do everything we can to help them grow and be successful,” said Ron Cross, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.  “Columbia County is very thankful for Hoback’s investment in our community, and we look forward to working with John Deere and Bennett as this facility goes into operation.”

“The opening of this new warehouse signifies new opportunity for growth of two local businesses, John Deere and Bennett Distribution Services,” states Hugh Hollar, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbia County. “The Development Authority thanks both companies for their continued investment and job creation in Columbia County.”

Hoback Investments financed the venture to help BDS better serve the needs of John Deere. BDS will manage the day-to-day warehouse operations out of an office area of 2,500 square feet.  “Currently, we’re operating 3PL services for John Deere in five buildings spread out in a 20-mile radius,” said Danny Lowry, CEO of BDS and a partner in Hoback Investments.

“Consolidating our customer’s services to one location allows us to provide improved operating efficiencies, increased capacity and the ability to improve manufacturing operations for John Deere,” Lowry said. Even better, this move allows us to use our other buildings in the Central Savannah River Area to expand services for existing customers as well as new customers.”

The facility was built with 11,000 square yards of concrete to form a structure more than 1,200 feet in length, 420 feet in depth and 32 feet in height. This immense size allows BDS to offer 90 docks and multiple double rows of six levels of 300-foot racks. On both sides of the building are 180-foot wide truck courts to support convenient deliveries. Multiple truck doors allow for rapid loading and unloading. Inside the warehouse, inventory, security and fire alarm systems are supported by over 100,000 feet of fiber optic and network cabling.

The warehouse’s 43-acre site is next door to John Deere’s manufacturing plant. BDS will coordinate shipping of parts for John Deere’s products to the warehouse where they will be stored and then assembled for shipment to the plant for production when requested. Finished products will then be transported back to the warehouse for distribution.

“Every part that goes into the John Deere plant will be touched and managed by us, and every finished product that comes out of the plant is shipped and managed by us,” said Dick David, chief operating officer of BDS.  “We are excited about being able to streamline operations and improve our 3PL services for John Deere.”

About Bennett Distribution Services

Bennett Distribution Services, LLC (BDS) is an affiliate of Bennett International Group, LLC, a global transportation and logistics company. BDS provides 3rd party logistics services designed through responsive, flexible, scalable, cutting edge solutions that meet a wide range of logistics requirements. Services include shared space warehousing, rail support services, contract logistics, manufacturing support, project management, transportation and oil field support.

About Hoback Investments, LLC

Hoback Investments, LLC is a real estate investment company focusing on the acquisition and improvement of properties for use in the transportation and logistics industry. Partners in the firm also own McDonough, Ga.-based Bennett International Group, LLC, a woman-owned, Women’s Enterprise Business Council (WBENC)-certified, diversified transportation and logistics company.

Click here to download the full resolution images

Related Articles

March 26, 2024

The Bennett Family of Companies Proud to Announce Launch of 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Truckload Carriers Association Truckload2024 Conference

The Bennett Family of Companies proudly announces the launch of its 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Truckload Carriers Association Truckload2024 conference today, commemorating half a century of Faith, Family and Freight in the transportation and logistics industry from 1974-2024.
Read More
Symposium 2024 Press Release Cover Photo
March 16, 2024

The Bennett Family of Companies Hosted the 44th Annual Symposium to Celebrate 50 Years in Business

The Bennett Family of Companies hosted the 44th Annual Symposium from February 29th to March 3rd where agents and employees traveled from all over the world to Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia, celebrating many accomplishments and the company’s 50th year in business.
Read More
February 25, 2024

Bennett Transportation & Logistics to Sponsor Atlanta NASCAR Qualifying in New Partnership With AMS

The Bennett Family of Companies will have a major presence in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s fall NASCAR weekend as part of a new partnership between the two Henry County companies.
Read More
January 8, 2024

Bennett Family of Companies Expands Multi-Year Partnership with Richard Childress Racing

Bennett Family of Companies, a leader in the transportation and logistics industry with over five decades of expertise, has extended and expanded their multi-year partnership with Richard Childress Racing.
Read More
December 21, 2023

For the Seventh Consecutive Year, Bennett Honors Fallen Veterans on Wreaths Across America 2023 at Andersonville National Cemetery

For the seventh consecutive year, the Bennett Family of Companies and the Taylor Family Foundation took part in National Wreaths Across America Day on December 16th, 2023.
Read More
October 30, 2023

Bennett Family of Companies Recognized as a Top Transportation Company for Women To Work For

MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA (October 30, 2023) – The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) announced that the Bennett Family of Companies has been recognized as a Top Transportation Company for Women to Work For by Redefining the Road magazine.
Read More
August 2, 2023

Bennett Recognized as a Top Woman-Owned Business in Transportation

MCDONOUGH, GA (August 2, 2023) – The Women in Trucking Association (WIT) announced that the Bennett Family of Companies has been recognized as a Top Woman-Owned Business in Transportation by Women in Trucking’s Redefining the Road magazine.
Read More
2023 Top 100 Transportation
June 26, 2023

Bennett Ranks 43 According to the Transport Topics 2023 Top 100 List of the Largest For-Hire Carriers in North America

MCDONOUGH, GA (June 26, 2023) – Transport Topics released its annual Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America based on overall revenue generated for the most recent 12-month period. The list also features breakdowns of the top truckload/dedicated, less-than-truckload, intermodal/drayage, refrigerated, flatbed/heavy specialized, tank/bulk, household goods/commercial delivery, air/expedited, parcel/courier and mail carriers in North America.
Read More
June 15, 2023

Bennett Partners With NTPA/PPL Competitor, Ryan DeBroux With the Playin’ With Fire Semi

MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA (June 15, 2023) – The Bennett Family of Companies (Bennett) is excited to announce the sponsorship of Ryan DeBroux, driver of “Playin’ with Fire” in the National Semi-Truck Pulling Circuits. The partnership with Bennett started before the May 19-20th Pullers Championship in Nashville, Illinois, where DeBroux won the Super Semi Championship Award.
Read More
March 6, 2023

Bennett Continues Support for Tony Justice During Truck Show Tour and New Album

MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA (March 6, 2023) – The Bennett Family of Companies (Bennett) is excited to continue their sponsorship of All-American country music artist and truck driver, Tony Justice. This year, Justice is planning an eventful tour at truck shows across America while also promoting his upcoming new album, “Greatest Shifts.”
Read More
February 2, 2023

Beard Motorsports Partners with Bennett Family of Companies for 2023 Daytona 500

Bennett Transportation and Logistics to Adorn No. 62 Chevrolet in the ‘Great American Race’ MT. PLEASANT, MICHIGAN (February 2,2023) – Bennett Family of Companies has joined Beard Motorsports and driver Austin Hill as its primary partner for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race Feb. 19 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Hill will pilot the No. 62 Bennett Transportation and Logistics Chevrolet in the ‘Great American Race.’
Read More
January 30, 2023

BridgeHaul and the Bennett Family of Companies Partner with TransAm and SVRA

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (January 30, 2023) – The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli and the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) are pleased to announce new partnerships with BridgeHaul and the Bennett Family of Companies. The new agreement names BridgeHaul as the Official Safe, Reliable, On-Demand Shipping Company of Trans Am and SVRA, and the Bennett Family of Companies as the Official Trucking Company of Trans Am and SVRA.
Read More
15 articles

Join Our Community

Bennett Newsletter Subscription

Sign up to stay current with Bennett and Transportation Industry news. We send out a digital newsletter monthly. Unsubscribe any time.