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Makita Expands Big in Southwest

In a year that marks 50 years in the U.S., Makita has expanded its distribution, training and service capabilities with a new 600,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art complex in Reno, Nv. 

In a year that marks 50 years in the U.S., Makita has expanded its distribution, training and service capabilities with a new 600,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art complex in Reno, Nv.

It increases Makita’s operational ability to meet growing market demand with nation-wide two-day ground coverage, so customers receive products faster.

The $50 million facility is the company’s fifth in the U.S., following 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.

The distribution center sits on nearly 50 acres of land. A detached 28,000-sq. ft. training center—Makita’s fourth in the U.S.—will offer tailored curriculum and hands-on training.

For dealer partners, training will focus on increasing their knowledge of Makita’s leading technologies and empowering them to match a solution to their customers. For professional users, the focus is application-driven with instruction showing the right accessories and the right tools for the job with an emphasis on proper use for increased productivity and profitability.

A new Factory Service Center, targeted to open in late fall 2020, will be four times larger in square footage than any other Makita Service Center in the U.S.

Even with this significant expansion, Makita remains focused on the future. According to Joe Blackwell, VP-operations, “The open space adjacent to the building is shovel-ready for planned future expansion.”

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