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MITSUI-SOKO (U.S.A.) Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for New Distribution Center

MITSUI-SOKO (U.S.A.), a Japan-based company providing services to the U.S. for more than 35 years, celebrated the grand opening of its new cold and dry storage warehouse in Puyallup, Washington. The 200,000 s.f. facility will support just-in-time distribution services.

Mitsui-Soko (U.S.A.) in Puyallup

In Numbers

  • Puyallup, WA
  • 203,000 s.f.
    Square Footage
  • 12 months

Top-ranked Gray Construction was selected to design and build the Washington facility, which serves as a strategic location for MITSUI-SOKO. The facility is the company’s first greenfield operation and includes a mobile racking system in the cold storage area to provide greater storage efficiency.


“It’s been a pleasure working with MITSUI-SOKO (U.S.A.) on its new warehouse in the U.S.,” said Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction. “Being a partner on a project that will help move the MITSUI-SOKO business forward is gratifying for all of us at Gray.”


The new facility is specifically engineered to meet the unique and exacting requirements of the aerospace industry featuring both refrigerated and ambient temperature warehouse space on over twelve acres. Additionally, it offers maximum flexibility and the secure storage of product in a precisely controlled environment.


The grand opening included an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with special remarks from Ginny Blasnick, senior vice president of Mitsui-Soko (U.S.A.) Inc.; Yoshiaki Miyajima, managing director of Mitsui-Soko International; Takeshi Murazawa, Consulate of Japan; Dennis Frett, executive vice president and COO of Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.; Bruce Dammeier, county executive of Pierce County in Washington; Bruce Kendall, president and CEO of the economic development board for Tacoma-Pierce County; and Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction. Guests consisted of local government officials, partners and friends.


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MITSUI-SOKO (U.S.A.) INC. is a member of MITSUI-SOKO Group, a network of interrelated companies providing customized and comprehensive logistics services to a diverse set of clientele, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, chemical, and consumer product manufacturers operating in a global arena. As the first U.S. subsidiary of one of the oldest companies in the world, MITSUI-SOKO (U.S.A.) Inc. has enjoyed continuous growth over the past 35 years by keeping a sharp focus on what each client needs to succeed, and by designing services that respond in kind.


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About Gray Construction


Gray Construction is a nationally-ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with nearly 60 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution, hospitality and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are underway or recently completed including: a Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility in Vance, Ala.; a fresh pork processing facility for Clemens Food Group in Coldwater, Mich.; a world-class kitchen for Champion Petfoods in Auburn, Ky.; a state-of-the-art meat processing and packaging facility for Kraft Heinz in Davenport, Iowa; and a manufacturing facility for Italian paper product manufacturer Sofidel in Circleville, Ohio.


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"Being a partner on a project that will help move the MITSUI-SOKO business forward is gratifying for all of us at Gray."
Stephen Gray, President & Chief Executive Officer, Gray, Inc.
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