SC Ports serves Michelin’s largest distribution center

July 28, 2020

S.C. Ports Authority is proud to further its longtime partnership with Michelin North America, Inc. by moving cargo for the tiremaker’s largest distribution center.

Michelin, which has its North American headquarters in Greenville, S.C., operates a 3-million-square-foot Southeast distribution center in Woodruff, S.C. The facility is located in the booming Upstate of South Carolina.

Michelin will move finished tires between the Woodruff distribution center and S.C. Ports’ Inland Port Greer, which sits 10 miles away along Interstate 85. Inland Port Greer connects to the Port of Charleston via overnight rail service by Norfolk Southern.

Michelin’s decision to move finished tires through Inland Port Greer builds on the existing supply chain partnership. Michelin began moving raw materials through Inland Port Greer in 2015.

“S.C. Ports’ Inland Port Greer enables Michelin to seamlessly and efficiently import materials and export tires to global markets through the Port of Charleston,” said Julie Branham, supply chain operations, Michelin North America. “Access to an efficient supply chain and port facilities is a key element of Michelin’s long-term success in South Carolina, ultimately creating more jobs for residents of our state.”

The Woodruff distribution center is the largest warehouse of the Michelin Group worldwide, equivalent to 57 football fields. The state-of-the-art facility will be used to serve around 60% of Michelin’s North American customers.

“Michelin is a valued customer of S.C. Ports. We are thrilled to expand on this important partnership by serving Michelin’s impressive distribution center in Woodruff, S.C.,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of S.C. Ports Authority. “Inland Port Greer offers customers efficiencies and speed-to-market.”

Michelin’s $270 million, five-building distribution hub is equipped with modern technology and was also built with sustainability in mind. Emissions from handling equipment have been substantially decreased through hydrogen-fueled vehicles in the warehouse, and the use of LED lighting has resulted in significant energy savings.

Michelin’s use of Inland Port Greer aligns well with the company’s all-sustainable strategy; the use of rail on this route can reduce air emissions by up to 70% compared to moving the cargo via truck, according to an SCPA analysis.

Inland Port Greer extends the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland by providing overnight rail service via Norfolk Southern. The 24/7 inland terminal reaches 90 million consumers within a 500-mile radius, which can be reached in a one-day truck trip.