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Dukal, OHL enter Savannah market

03/07/2013 - Savannah

Savannah, Ga. – March 7, 2013 – Dukal Corporation, a leading supplier of disposable medical products, has chosen the Port of Savannah as its major port of entry, and established new distribution center space in Savannah’s Foreign Trade Zone.

“Our new central distribution center in Savannah will provide closer proximity to our customers at reduced container rates and distribution costs,” said Travis Torre, director of logistics for Dukal.

Dukal has contracted for 140,000 square feet at a Tremont Road location in Savannah, in close proximity to Interstate 95 (north-south) and I-16 (east-west). The space features 32-foot clearance and 32 dock doors. Falcon Transport will handle drayage from the port to the warehouse, a distance less than six miles.

“Dukal’s decision to form its East Coast distribution center in Savannah puts the company in a prime location to more efficiently reach one of the fastest growing markets in the nation,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz.

Dukal will join a growing number of cargo owners who have located in Savannah. The port’s logistics network includes two Class I railroads on terminal and a hub of 4 million square feet of available distribution center space.

“Georgia’s logistics network of road, rail and ocean transport is unsurpassed in the United States,” said GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson. “Cargo handling at Georgia’s deepwater ports in Brunswick and Savannah sets the industry standard in efficiency and cost effectiveness.”

Dukal has contracted with third party logistics (3PL) provider OHL to run the distribution center. The Dukal location is OHL’s first foray into the Savannah market, although the logistics provider is well established in Atlanta. OHL has a companywide network of 32 million square feet of warehouse space.

“The Savannah operation will serve everything east of Texas and up to Montana,” Torre said. Dukal Corporation provides bandages, surgical supplies and hygiene items for four markets: medical, dental, health spa and veterinary clinics.

About Dukal

Since 1991, DUKAL Corporation has been a privately held supplier of disposable medical products based in Ronkonkoma, NY. The company produces its products through strategic manufacturing partnerships with a focus on high quality and is dedicated to providing best in class products and supply chain solutions to its customers. DUKAL products are used every day by healthcare professionals in acute care, primary care, long-term care, dental and veterinary settings, and can be found in consumer, industrial and safety outlets throughout North America and Europe. Find more information at www.dukal.com.

About OHL

OHL is one of the largest 3PLs in the world, providing integrated global supply chain management solutions including transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and import and export consulting services. OHL operates more than 130 value-added distribution centers, offers comprehensive transportation management services, employs nearly 7,000, and has offices worldwide. OHL has expertise in direct-to-consumer fulfillment, serves a wide range of business sectors from specialty retail to manufacturing, and specializes in the apparel, electronics, printing, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods industries. Find more information www.ohl.com.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah was the second busiest U.S. container port for the export of American goods by tonnage in FY2011. It also handled 8.7 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2011.

For additional information, please contact GPA’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com. Visit the GPA web site at www.gaports.com.