Long Beach, the city that wants to grow
Long Beach is in continuous development, cranes mingle with the urban landscape, building residences, huge distribution hubs and new shopping centres. The streets are being redeveloped. From the new bridge, you can see a huge square with tens of thousands of cars lined up side by side.
Toyota has one of its most important logistics centres in Pier B of the port. Each of these vehicles is customised in this centre before being delivered to the customer. The process, which is repeated once a week, begins with the arrival of a large roll-on/roll-off ship loaded with Toyota, Lexus and Scion automobiles to be finished. Produced in Japan and destined for the southwest of the United States, about 3,000 vehicles are unloaded each day in Long Beach.
“My first time here I was very impressed by the operation. It is a choreographed chaos between the amount of people and the vehicles movement within this job,” said Jonathan Gurr, Toyota’s Logistic Planning Manager to the local television channel LBTV.
A synchronized dance of hundreds of technicians boarding the ship, each of them boarding a car and driving it to the workshop for the finishing touches: brakes, wheels, protection systems, special alarms, linings and internal finishing. Each year Toyota Logistics Services delivers over 200,000 vehicles to retailers. As many as 13 Toyota delivery centres in the United States are supplied from Long Beach.
Long Beach port handles over $200 billion worth of trade annually and supports 2.6 million trade-related jobs in the United States, including 575,000 in Southern California and 1 in 5 jobs in Long Beach.
The city, California, and the entire United States are waiting for the new Gerald Desmond Bridge to come on stream, to plan and celebrate a new successful future.
Once completed, the two towers of the new Gerald Desmond Bridge will become the tallest of their kind in the United States, becoming the new symbol of the American dream.