Thursday, July 7, 2011

DGX Expanding Guam Facility

Dependable Global Express, Inc., which operates under the DGX banner, has announced that it is expanding its Guam facility to meet the growing demands on the island's logistics facilities due to the transfer of US military forces from Okinawa to Guam.

Set for completion in October, the project will expand the size of the DGX terminal by 65 percent, adding an additional 10,000 square feet of warehouse, office and trucking space.

The project will also see the construction of a freestanding, fully equipped mechanic’s shop at the facility.

According to DGX, the multi-million dollar expansion program will allow the Rancho Dominguez, California-based freight forwarder to provide customers with an even greater range of services for their ocean and air shipments.

The Guam expansion project is being supervised by the Honolulu-based construction management company of Ventures West, Inc. Actual construction is being handled by the Isagani B. Baluyut Construction Company based in Guam's capital city of Agana.

"The Pentagon's decision to transfer 8,000 Marines and their dependents from Okinawa to Guam was the catalyst in our decision to enlarge our facility," DGX' Guam General Manager Paje Butler said.

"This substantial move by Marine Corps personnel will require massive logistics support. With our expansion program geared to meet the growing needs of the military here on Guam, DGX intends to play an important role in this effort," Butler said.

Butler added that anticipated cargo growth will not be confined simply to the military buildup.

"The entire economy of Guam is expected to show a meaningful increase. Civilian companies on the island will be revving up their operations to participate in this increased economic activity. They will require dependable delivery of goods to sustain their growth," Butler said.

One of the focal points of the Guam expansion program, according to DGX, is the freight forwarder's growing trucking operation on the island. Under the expansion project, the existing six truck bays at the DGX Guam facility will be doubled to twelve to take on new business with local trucking.

Enhancing this increased service will be increased service reliability due to the construction of the on-site mechanics shop, Butler said.

"With these additions, DGX can accept a higher volume of freight and offer more storage space for our customers," he said.

Dependable Global Express (DGX) is part of the "offshore" companies of the Dependable Company of Transportation Services, which also includes Dependable Hawaiian Express (DHX) and Dependable AirCargo Express (DAX).

DHX is the largest freight forwarder serving the Hawaiian Islands and also services Guam. DAX is an air freight forwarder serving both domestic and international shippers.

The "onshore" operating group of the Dependable Companies includes Dependable Highway Express (DHE), Dependable Distribution Centers (DDC) and Dependable Logistics Solutions (DLS).

DHX, DGX and DAX are based in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., while DHE, DDC and DLS are headquartered in Los Angeles.