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xpedx, Major U.S. Distributor, Doubles Its Size In Metro Columbus With New Distribution Center

Press release from the issuing company

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Friday, March 30, 2007 -- xpedx, a large metropolitan Columbus distributor, said it will begin operations on Monday, April 2, at its new distribution/logistics center and offices in the town of Grove City, OH. By moving from its current location in eastern Columbus, xpedx will double its square footage, triple its warehouse capacity, and increase its proximity to core customers including printers/publishers, manufacturers, government entities, retail trade, and health organizations. xpedx has tripled its warehouse capacity through a highly efficient internal design. Increasing capacity enables same-day delivery to commercial printers and other customers looking to reduce inventories and the costs associated with on-site storage. “Business owners want quick access to a wide range of products and they are looking to key suppliers, like xpedx, to increase frequency of delivery,” said Mike Kroger, general manager. “Expanding our warehouse space has the effect of freeing up space on our customers’ floors, as well as capital they would otherwise have invested in inventory.” Frequent delivery is critical to commercial printers who must meet their customers’ demands for quick turnaround on jobs. Columbus is the 28th largest print market in the United States and is historically a key customer segment for xpedx. The 68,000-square foot structure is “right sized” to handle the company’s projected growth in the print, packaging and facility supplies markets. It is located at 3420 Urbancrest Industrial Drive in the Urbancrest Industrial Park and offers ease of access to I-270, I-670, I-70, I-71, and state Route 315 and Route 33. From its Grove City location, xpedx will service a large part of central and southern Ohio. The service area extends north to Marysville, east to Zanesville, west to London and south to Parkersburg, West Virginia. Before the move, xpedx employed a hub and spoke model transporting inventory north from its Cincinnati distribution center. By increasing local inventory customers will receive faster access to key supplies and equipment. Together with xpedx divisions in Cleveland, Dayton and Cincinnati, the company serves printers and publishers, manufacturers, state and local government, retailers and other businesses across Ohio. “xpedx is a national distribution leader but it is our responsive, local service that distinguishes us in this and every market,” Kroger said. “This expansion reflects our deep commitment at the local level.” xpedx has roots in the community dating back to the 1920s. The company has grown by acquisition and has formerly operated as Scioto Paper, Chatfield Paper, Mead, and Zellerbach in the greater Columbus area. As the company has grown, graphics, packaging and facility supplies and equipment have been incorporated into the product offering. The Grove City location will accommodate a printing paper sample room and equipment showroom, providing xpedx customers on-site demonstrations of its packaging equipment offering. The xpedx Columbus division will maintain its current staff of 32 employees including customer service, sales, segment specialists, equipment technicians, and warehouse personnel. The Columbus division phone numbers are 614-871-2105 and 800-282-6425.