Posted August 20, 2020

Makita U.S.A. opening new Reno DC and training center

Makita U.S.A. is nearing completion on a new 600,000 sq. ft. distribution and training facility in Reno, Nevada.

Makita Reno facility
Makita’s new $50 million Reno facility will offer expanded distribution, training and service capabilities, with room to expand for future growth.

The manufacturer of industrial power tools, pneumatic power equipment and janitorial-sanitation products invested $50 million in the facility, which is the company’s fifth in the U.S. It follows the recent opening of a similar facility in the Dallas region. Makita recently opened Reno with a soft launch and will be fully on-line this fall.

“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 facility is located on nearly 50 acres of land with 600,000 square feet of warehouse space fully equipped with operational capabilities. It’s the latest addition to Makita’s distribution chain which includes operations in Wilmer, Texas, Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and Buford, Georgia, as well as the Makita U.S.A. home office and distribution center in La Mirada, California. The Buford facility includes a manufacturing and assembly plant, which is one of 10 Makita manufacturing facilities worldwide.

The new facility also includes a detached 28,000 square foot state-of-the-art training center. It is Makita’s fourth in the U.S. and will offer tailored curriculum and hands-on training. Makita trainers can utilize adjacent outdoor space equipped with infrastructure to run Makita’s expanding line of outdoor power equipment.

A new Factory Service Center 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 Center in the U.S.

“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.”