MAHLE Behr Dayton LLC (formerly Behr Dayton Thermal Products LLC) selected Southshore Companies following a national search of third party logistics providers to provide on-site material management services in support of the MAHLE Behr assembly plant located in Dayton, Ohio. MAHLE is a tier one automotive parts manufacturer based in Stuttgart, Germany. It is one of the 30 largest automotive suppliers worldwide and one of the three largest systems suppliers worldwide for piston systems, cylinder components, valve train systems, air management systems, and liquid management systems.
Southshore manages material arriving from MAHLE Behr’s domestic and international suppliers in a 200,000 square foot on-site warehouse and delivers material to the assembly plant at the rate of one truckload per hour, 24 hours per day, 6 days per week. On-time delivery of the correct visually defect-free material in the proper order and quantity is performed by Southshore using the assembly plant’s SAP Kanban pull signal. Additionally, Southshore uses the enterprise software SAP to perform shipping, receiving (using Uniform Receiving Labels (URLs) and other material movements. Southshore maximizes warehouse space utilization by using floating/chaotic warehouse concepts. Additionally, Southshore manages empty tote and dunnage returns to the supply base on a daily basis. Southshore works closely with the assembly plant to manage inventory levels that support the plant’s needs while keeping inventory to a minimum.