BMW: Producing concurrent distribution centers with local expertise

For BMW, customer satisfaction is a top priority. One way the company ensures its customers receive superior service is by delivering essential parts to dealerships rapidly so that owners can have their cars serviced and back on the road quickly. To ensure rapid delivery to its dealerships, the company set up regional distribution centers in the United States. After opening Prologis-built facilities in Illinois and Pennsylvania, BMW decided to open two more—one in California and another in Texas.

Not only did BMW want to open its two new distribution centers within several months of each other, it also wanted to sell its two existing facilities in Ontario, California, and Senatobia, Mississippi. This meant managing four projects simultaneously—development of two facilities and the sale of two more.

BMW turned to Prologis because of the strength and flexibility of our existing relationship and also because we had the best overall real estate solutions. They trusted us to develop and deliver two new build-to-suit facilities on time, while simultaneously helping facilitate the purchase and transition from their Ontario and Senatobia buildings. This BMW initiative is an excellent example of the flexibility we provide to our customers. It also demonstrates our ability to deliver complex projects on time and within budget. By leveraging our local expertise and on-the-ground leadership in both Texas and California, we provided two new LEED “Silver”-certified facilities for BMW, while also purchasing their Ontario facility and helping source a third-party buyer for Senatobia within the required time frame.

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