Suffolk is the choice for East Coast expansion

When looking for a prime East Coast location for your West Coast operations, Suffolk is the ideal choice.  With close proximity to Port, rail, easy access to interstates and plenty of room to build and grow, the answer is clear:  #YesSuffolk

With an estimated 70% of the population of the United States living East of the Mississippi + Ohio Rivers, companies are looking strategically at mid-Atlantic sites such as Suffolk to establish East Coast operations.  Suffolk has over 14 million sf of industrial space and 15 m sf master planned and entitled for future use.  

Is your company
  • already operating with a West coast hub and considering an East Coast center
  • interested in an infrastructure that provides greater efficiencies and affordability
  • in need of better access to e-commerce hubs
  • looking to thrive in a market with minimal labor disruptions, a robust skilled workforce and less environmental regs
  • attracted to lower energy costs, affordable cost of living and a business friendly climate with an inviting quality of life
  • planning to rely on a solid supply chain with modern rail and intermodal network in close proximity to the port and highway in order to move product faster

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Learn more about the Port of Virginia's world class service, transport and efficiency here.

Success Stories

Target Upstream Distribution Center
1.8 million SF

TargetTarget's Distribution Center has invested in a number of considerable operations and hiring expansions in recent years.  The 1.8 million square foot warehouse works closely with the Port of Virginia and other port partners in order to service its logistics network and directly ship to stores along the East Coast. The center responds to company growth and e-commerce needs quickly by continually renovating and utilizing state-of-the-art technology at the center.   

Ace Hardware ReDistribution Center
474,000 SF

Ace mapAce Hardware selected Suffolk for their East Coast Re-Distribution Center due to its close proximity, less than 30 miles, to the Port of Virginia and the business - friendly culture they encountered.  The ability to expand their footprint, which they have employed, was another attractive benefit they considered in the site-selection.  The Re-Distribution Center is so named because the center receives shipments from international suppliers and then quickly delivers the inventory to regional distribution centers in their supply chain.  Those centers service almost 5,000 stores.  The map shows the improvement in efficiency after setting up East Coast operations in Suffolk.

Friant Furniture East Coast Manufacturing & Distribution Center
357,000 SF

Friant Distribution

Peet's Coffee East Coast Roastery (Planned)
175,000 SF

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Emser Tile Eastern Distribution Center
400,000 SF

Emser Tile

Best Brakes East Coast Distribution Center
42,500 SF

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Featured  Properties  ⇾

Suffolk offers a variety of ideally situated available sites for consideration when deciding where to relocate or expand your business.

Workforce Development

With the fast growing population figures and demand for skilled talent, proactive measures to promote a workforce pipeline must be taken.  

Paul D. Cnew pdccc logoamp Community College's Division of Workforce Development is equipped to provide customized training to ensure companies are hiring and retaining the best of the best. The college offers training certificates, certification and specialized programs designed around the technical needs of the modern workplace.  Logistics, welding, cyber-security, fork-lift operator and CDL licenses are among topics covered.    

Target Schools to WorkThe Schools To Work Program aligns Suffolk Public Schools' Career and Technical Education Department with Suffolk companies looking to increase their long - term employment pool.    Since its inception in 2019, the program has introduced high school students to large internationally - recognized companies with operations in Suffolk, such as Target's Upstream Distribution Center and Sysco Foods Hampton Roads.