CHEP USA is relocating its headquarters from Orlando, Fla., to the Atlanta area.
CHEP, which manages pallet and container supply chain logistics for customers in the produce, beverage, consumer goods, home improvement, automotive and other industries, plans to move to Dunwoody, Ga., on the north side of Atlanta.
The pallet distributor expects to complete the move by fall.
Ronald Margulis, a company spokesman, said CHEP decided to make the move because Atlanta offers better access to customers.
“While there are certainly many grower-shippers and packers in Florida, overall, there are more processors and Atlanta offers better access to flights,” he said. “We don’t want to impede at all the great relationship we have with Florida grower-shippers, but Florida is just one market. We want to make sure all the customers are well-served.”
Margulis said CHEP plans to retain its Orlando operations. It plans to use its facilities as a customer service center to help retailers and grower-shippers with a research and develop innovation center its test track pallet simulator operation.
Brambles Industries Ltd., Sydney, Australia, CHEP’s corporate owner, plans to use the Atlanta location as a regional office and use office space as a base for other pallet leaders and global pallet business segment functions, according to a news release.
“Georgia offers CHEP excellent proximity to many of our key customers, provides advantages in recruiting and attracting talent into our organization and offers an outstanding quality of life for our employees who will relocate,” Kim Rumph, CHEP’s president, said in the release. “We are delighted to join the Atlanta business community. We look forward to becoming actively involved in the community.”