MetroPac starts construction of Sta. Rosa logistics center

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Officials of MetroPac Movers, Inc. and Markeenlo Realty, Inc. sign a lease agreement for the construction of the Laguna logistics center

MetroPac Movers, Inc., the logistics arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), is building a logistics center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna capable of handling dry and refrigerated goods.

In a statement, MetroPac said construction has started for the “most modern logistics center in the Philippines,” capable of handling 41,000 pallet positions for dry goods and 17,500 pallet positions for refrigerated products.

The facility, which will occupy a land area of 52,000 square meters, is targeted for opening within the second quarter of 2021.

“The Sta. Rosa logistics center will integrate with the operating systems of our key customers and drive supply chain efficiencies. We will deliver real value to our customers, focusing on the critical metrics of this business—truck turn-around times, inventory accuracy, product security and service quality,” MetroPac Movers and MPIC president and chief executive officer Jose Ma. Lim said.

Both warehouses will have product security systems, radio frequency inventory control systems, fire and safety systems, staff training and expertise, and “will offer truly international standard facilities and services to the Philippine market.”

The refrigerated warehouse, on the other hand, “will set a new benchmark for food safety, storage and handling systems, and will offer storage temperatures between +20 to -25 degrees Celsius.”

The new logistics center will create 550 new jobs in Laguna and is the first of a planned roll-out of strategically located international standard logistics centers.

“Over the next few years, we will locate our logistics centers on major transport arteries to reduce the overall supply chain costs of our customers and increase the efficiencies of moving products to factories, to warehouses, to retail outlets, and to end consumers,” Lim said.

“Strong underlying growth fundamentals and the emergence of online retail are increasing the demand for logistics warehousing throughout Southeast Asia. This facility will address both a regional and domestic requirement for high grade industrial assets, which can support sophisticated supply chain operations,” said Tom Over, director for Industrial & Logistics of real estate consultancy firm, Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines, which brokered the property lease agreement between MMI and Markeenlo Realty, Inc.

MetroPac Movers last year broke ground in General Trias, Cavite for its South Mega Distribution Center. It has also purchased parcels of land in San Rafael, Bulacan for its planned North Mega Distribution Center.

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