Lowe’s to build new flatbed distribution center

Lowe’s Cos. announced plans Monday for a new flatbed distribution center to be built in Purvis, Miss. The facility will serve as the main distribution center for more than 60 Lowe’s stores located in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

The nation’s second largest home improvement retailer said that the new 200,000-square-foot facility represents an investment of approximately $15 million and should be fulfilling shipping operations by mid-2008.

"Flatbed distribution centers play a vital role in the state-of-the-art distribution network that keeps Lowe's stores supplied with the products our customers need," said Mike Mabry, Lowe's executive vp-logistics and distribution.

The company currently operates 14 flatbed distribution centers throughout the United States. Lowe’s will release its 2007 third-quarter earnings statement Nov. 19.