PORTLAND, Ore. - Johnston Supply Inc., a distributor of HVACR parts and products with 291 independently owned stores nationwide, is completing a new distribution center in the Allentown area of Pennsylvania.

The new facility is anticipated to begin operations in April 2005. The 100,000-square-foot distribution center will be the first in the Northeast for Johnstone Supply. The facility will service 68 stores in the Northeast, offering next-day delivery and the opportunity to stock a customized line of products reflecting the particular needs of regional and local HVACR contractors, says the company.

The Northeast distribution center is the first step in Johnstone Supply's new strategic distribution model, the primary goal of which is to meet customer demand for next-day delivery, the company says. Future plans are for a national network of regional distribution centers to serve every region of the country, with the goal of providing optimal distribution logistics, cost efficiencies, and delivery fulfillment turnaround. Johnstone executives believe that the improved order delivery times and efficiencies will enable HVACR contractors to save time and be more profitable in their own operations.

"The launch of this new strategic initiative is a major step forward for Johnstone," said Gary Daniels, Johnstone Supply president. "We're continuing to see sales figures that far exceed industry averages, and building a more regionally based national distribution network is going to support and accelerate that growth. This new Northeast distribution center is just the first step. Our goal as a cooperative has always been to offer the best service and support in the industry. The enhanced product offerings and order fulfillment times that our new distribution network will provide reflects that vision and commitment."

Publication date: 01/03/2005