LONG BEACH, Calif., May 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: UTIW), a global supply chain services and solutions company, recently opened a new global hub and freight forwarding facility in the Houston area with special capabilities centered on the energy sector.
"UTi expanded our global Energy, Mining + Projects (EMP) presence in Houston because we understand the special requirements of oil and gas clients and wanted to be in close proximity to better service the major players in this sector," said Bruce Hulings, global vice president, Energy, Mining + Projects.
"UTi sees the energy sector as a high potential growth opportunity and as such has invested resources in growing this market," said Hulings, "Besides this Houston facility, we established regional offices in key global markets where energy exploration and drilling is centered. Our expertise in managing oil and gas supply chains is among the best in our industry."
Located in Houston, Texas, close to Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), this unique facility was designed with specific emphasis on features suited to oil and gas clients. The new TSA compliant facility, triple the size of its predecessor, includes best-in-class security technology, and a laydown yard for staging oversized equipment. Additionally, UTi has hazmat trained employees. These and other developments have better enabled UTi to meet the expanded needs of our clients and position ourselves for future growth, according to Hulings.
"We recognize the unique needs of the Houston market, and built out this multi-purpose logistics facility that brings together the best of our project logistics, air, ocean and brokerage operations under one roof," said Ed Feitzinger, UTi executive vice president, Global Operations. "Additionally, we located our Global Ocean Charter Desk at this location to serve our clients enterprise-wide and interface efficiently with our EMP team since the need for special ocean charters is greater for these clients."
"The Energy, Mining + Projects supply chain team has decades experience delivering quantified value in the industry and are eager to grow alongside our client partners," said Hulings.
The facility is located at 16680 Air Center Blvd, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77032.
About UTi Worldwide
UTi Worldwide Inc. (http://www.go2uti.com) is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage, and other supply chain management services. The company serves a large and diverse base of global and local companies, including clients operating in industries with unique supply chain requirements such as the retail, apparel, chemical, automotive, pharmaceutical, and technology industries. The company seeks to use its global network, proprietary information technology systems, and relationships with transportation providers, and expertise in outsourced logistics services to deliver competitive advantage to each of its clients' supply chains. ###
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