Imperial Supplies holds grand opening for Jenkins Twp. distribution center

By Jimmy Fisher - [email protected]
Rob Gilson, CEO of Imperial Supplies, gives Dolly Rodriguez a high-five Tuesday after cutting a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the maintenance-product distributor’s warehouse in Jenkins Township. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

JENKINS TWP. — Imperial Supplies LLC celebrated the grand opening of its distribution center in Greater Pittston on Tuesday morning.

The event included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by Imperial CEO Rob Gilson before 28 employees in the brand-new warehouse on CenterPoint Boulevard.

Bruce Hagan, vice president of marketing and supplies, said the geographic location of the new center fit Imperial’s needs, specifically next-day delivery for the entire Northeast region.

“It’s an excellent location to get us optimal next-day delivery to almost 90 percent of the New England market as well as westward into Ohio,” he said. “So, the geography was very desirable for us, the workforce was also very attractive to us.”

Hagan noted Imperial delivers as far north as Maine and as far south as Virginia.

Local customers can also pick up orders at the warehouse, which became fully operational last month.

Imperial Supplies LLC was founded in 1958 and its headquarters is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was purchased in 2008 by Grainger, but still does business under the Imperial name.

The company is a national distributor of quality maintenance products for over-the-road semi-trucks and fleet vehicles, as well as waste haulers, aggregate haulers and any industrial over-the-road fleet. Items it carries include fasteners, hardware, paint supplies, vehicle and trailer parts, vehicle lighting, cutting tools and more.

The Jenkins Township site is 45,000 square feet and contains 7,000 different items, Hagan said.

He noted the area was on Imperial’s radar from the start.

“We knew roughly we wanted to be here,” said Hagan. “We do an extensive logistics and geographic study that includes freight lanes, labor training and things of that sort.”

Rob Gilson, CEO of Imperial Supplies, gives Dolly Rodriguez a high-five Tuesday after cutting a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the maintenance-product distributor’s warehouse in Jenkins Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL071118Imperial1-2.jpgRob Gilson, CEO of Imperial Supplies, gives Dolly Rodriguez a high-five Tuesday after cutting a ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the maintenance-product distributor’s warehouse in Jenkins Township. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

By Jimmy Fisher

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Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

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