FCA US has announced a US$10.4m investment in a new Mopar Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) located in Romulus, Michigan. The new facility will encompass 500,000 square feet and more than 100 workers. Preliminary construction work has already begun on the new Metro Detroit PDC.

The Romulus PDC will increase the Mopar brand’s network to 23 PDCs in North America when it opens in 3Q 2017. Construction of a new Mopar PDC in Winchester, Virginia, was also announced earlier this year, with that facility scheduled to open in 1Q 2017.

“With the start of preliminary work on the Romulus PDC, along with the new facility under way in Virginia, FCA US will have invested a total of more than $22m in these two new PDC projects,” said Pietro Gorlier, head of parts and service (Mopar), FCA – Global. “These facilities confirm FCA’s continued commitment to customer service, and will strengthen the Mopar supply chain, both in North America and also globally.”

The Romulus PDC will handle approximately 45m parts annually. Each day, the facility will accept more than 30 inbound trailers and dispatch 40 outbound trailers. Two shifts will operate the new facility.

The $10.4m investment does not include anticipated ancillary economic opportunities for local businesses tapped to provide services such as landscaping, waste removal, building maintenance and more.

The facility will be launched under FCA World Class Logistics methodology, which establishes a synchronised supply chain that progressively eliminates waste through an approach of continuous improvement. The new Mopar PDC will also be LEED- (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. LEED, administered by the United States Green Building Council, is a comprehensive system to define, measure and validate green buildings. Certification in the national recognition program is based on strict standards in five key areas: site planning, water management, energy, material use and indoor environmental quality.