Headquartered in Michigan, Chase’s primary distribution center is located in South Bend, according to Sherry Cudd, Chase’s advertising and marketing coordinator, and this expansion will create up to 14 new jobs by 2017. Cudd said Chase utilizes 37 different warehouses throughout North America, in addition to 30 sales offices.
The larger distribution center will allow Chase to stock even more materials and expand its services, including blending, repacking and custom stocking, according to Cudd. “We know that processors with small- to medium-sized applications need a distribution partner with a portfolio of products and services flexible enough to respond to their evolving needs,” Cudd explained.
The expanded facility, which is expected to be fully operational by September 2015, will double Chase’s loading dock area, in addition to expanding bulk storage space.
Initially, Chase will stock more than 600 material types at this location, according to Cudd, with the distributor’s full slate including more than 6,400 specialty engineering, engineering and commodity thermoplastics.
Construction on the new site will begin in coming months, weather permitting. Chase considered locations in Northern Indiana as well as Southwestern Michigan but Cudd said remaining in South Bend allows Chase to provide high levels of responsiveness and logistical support.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Chase up to $114,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s investment plans. The city of South Bend approved additional incentives at the request of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County.
IEDC noted that since 2005, Indiana has invested more than $1 billion per year in infrastructure improvements, repairing or replacing 1,070 bridges, constructing 65 new interchanges and resurfacing 6,350 miles of highway by the end of 2015.