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Chicago-based specialty substrates provider GPA recently tripled the size of its West Coast warehouse, taking over a new 62,000-square-foot facility in Cerritos, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
“It was as smooth as one of these things can go,” says Jim Bender, area vice president for the West region, adding that the company was able to move in over the course of a weekend.
GPA has had a West Coast presence for almost 20 years. Aside from L.A., the company also has hubs in Chicago-where it’s headquartered; Hartford, Connecticut; and Atlanta. It’s opening a warehouse in Dallas this year.
“This one out here specifically supports four other regional warehouses-in Denver; Salt Lake City; Portland (Oregon); and San Francisco,” Bender says. “Those are not GPA-owned by they are regional facilities that support those local markets.”
The new warehouse is about three times the size of its previous location in Santa Fe Springs, he says.
The West Coast facility is also home to Arconvert, a manufacturing company that is also owned by GPA’s Italian parent company, Fedrigoni. Though its products-Arconvert makes self-adhesive labels and films-have been sold in Europe and South America for years, this is the first time the company has made a major push to sell them in the U.S. Its arrival here coincides with the opening of the new facility.