Pleasanton, California-based Simpson Strong-Tie, a leader in engineered structural connectors and building solutions for the construction industry, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 12 at its new distribution hub in Kent, Building No. 3 at 20210 66th Ave. S.
Wood connectors are the core of the company’s business, but it also is active in the field of metal dowels, chemical fasteners and magazine screws.
The new hub includes warehousing facilities, office space, training centers and a newly designed, two-story demonstration room to host contractors and lumber and building material suppliers for project and product training classes, according to a Sept. 14 Simpson Strong-Tie media release.
Simpson Strong-Tie moved into the facility as part of a strategic investment to fortify the company’s U.S. distribution footprint, according to the media release. The new facility forms one of three back-to-back grand openings in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Together with the Kent distribution hub, new facilities in Denver and Salt Lake City will add 230,000 total square feet of inventory space as Simpson Strong-Tie moves to strengthen its U.S. supply chain.
Adding new facilities will significantly expand the range of products available for next-day delivery to builders, contractors, and lumberyards. The expansions are expected to create 50-plus new jobs and ensure reliable product availability with faster and more timely delivery.
“These new locations, in combination with our manufacturing facility in Stockton, California, will provide customers greater access to our products and solutions by offering a wide variety of inventory and expertise,” said Simpson Strong-Tie CEO Mike Olosky. “Simpson Strong-Tie is committed to ensuring next-day service to our customers throughout the Northwest, and these new locations move us much further in that direction.”
As supply chain woes have continued to impact building product and material availability for construction projects, Simpson Strong-Tie is investing heavily to grow their U.S. manufacturing and distribution presence. The simultaneous grand openings come on the heels of a groundbreaking in Columbus, Ohio, to build an expanded manufacturing and distribution center there.
The Kent location includes:
• Office: 10,311 square feet
• Warehouse: 97,942 square feet
• Training Center: 1,870 square feet
• 2-Story Demo Room: 594 square feet
On former Boeing property
The facility, just south of the Boeing Employees Tennis Club, is part of the new Pacific Gateway Industrial Park, an 823,000-square-foot-development across six buildings completed last year. Pacific Gateway Industrial (California-based Panattoni Development Company) bought the property from Boeing in 2020 for $60 million, according to King County property records.
Latter-Day Saints own land
In December 2022, Phoenix Commercial Investments purchased the 42 acres for $260 million from Pacific Gateway Industrial. Phoenix Commercial Investments is a limited liability company with its principal address in Salt Lake City, Utah, and part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.