Makita USA has set up a new 600,000 ft² state-of-the-art $50 million facility in Reno, Nevada, with room for distribution, training and service - as well as room for further expansion further down the line.
2020 marks 50 years of Makita in the US and the new set up in Reno gives Makita USA nationwide two-day ground coverage, providing customers with products faster. Following its soft launch, the Reno facility will be fully operation in the fall.
The new Reno facility is located on almost 50 acres of land. It is the company’s fifth in the USA and follows the recent opening of a similar facility in the Dallas region. Makita's distribution chain includes operations in Wilmer, TX, Mt. Prospect, IL, and Buford, GA, as well as the Makita USA home office and distribution center in La Mirada, CA. The Buford facility includes a manufacturing and assembly plant, which is one of ten Makita manufacturing facilities worldwide.
“Makita is focused on leading innovation and engineering, as well as training and after-sales service,” said Joe Blackwell, vice president operations. “These are cornerstones that go back to the earliest days of the company, and the addition of the new Reno facility is focused on fulfilling these promises. Makita is looking forward and we are committed to serving our valued customers.”
The Reno site includes a detached 28,000 ft² New Training Centre (pictured), Makita's fourth in the USA. Offering tailored curriculum and hands-on training, outdoor space will also be used for Makita's expanding outdoor power tool line.
For dealer partners, training will focus on increasing their knowledge of Makita’s technologies and empowering them to match a solution to their customers. For professional users, the focus is application-driven with instruction showing the right accessories and the right tools for the job with an emphasis on proper use for increased productivity and profitability.
A new Factory Service Centre is targeted to open in late fall 2020. It will be the latest addition to Makita’s national service network, and will be four-times larger in square footage than any other Makita Service Centre in the USA.
“The new facility addresses increasing demand that we’re seeing across all product categories including construction, cordless outdoor power equipment, automotive and janitorial-sanitation,” said Blackwell. “But even during construction in Reno we were still looking forward. The open space adjacent to the building is shovel-ready for planned future expansion.”