Wholesale & Distribution International 2018 - Volume 5, Issue 1 - 22
www.ttiinc.com / 2016 revenues: $3.4 billion / Headquarters: Fort Worth, Texas / Employees: 5,500 / Specialty: Electronic distribution sales/ Don Akery,
president, TTI Americas: "Globalization, for us, has meant that we have to support customers on a global basis."
TTI's new distribution center in Fort Worth, Texas, positions the company well for
future growth on a global scale. BY JIM HARRIS
The new TTI North American Distribution Center in Fort Worth, Texas, serves
as the central hub of eight North and Latin American distribution facilities.
ne of the world's lead-
ing specialty electronic component distributors recently
took a big step toward planning for future
growth. TTI Inc. in early October began
shipping products to its North American
customers from its brand-new distribution center in Fort Worth, Texas.
"This is the single-largest capital investment we have made to date," says
Don Akery, president of the company's
operations in the Americas. "This sets us
up well to service our customers."
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Located a mile-and-a-half away from
TTI's global headquarters in Fort Worth,
the new distribution center will expand
the company's global warehouse space
from 1.2 million square feet to more than
2 million square feet. The facility sits on
a 600,000-square-foot footprint, but
includes a total of 810,000 square feet
of space because it contains several platforms and mezzanine levels. The facility is
located next to vacant land owned by the
company, giving it an additional 140,000
square feet it can use for future growth.
Groundbreaking on the new facility
was in early 2016. The distribution center began handling products on a limited basis in June. Bob Moore Construction of Arlington, Texas, was the general
contractor for the project.
The project was completed on time
despite challenges related to the weather. "We had more days where the contractor wasn't able to do what was
scheduled for that day because of the
weather than we planned," Akery says.
"To stay on track, we got creative in the