Georgia Ports Authority


Improving efficiencies

"The Panama Canal is expanding to accommodate vessels that hold twice as many containers as the largest ships transiting the canal today. As ocean carriers commission more efficient ships, Savannah’s harbor expansion will help Lowe’s take full advantage of the changes."
-Rick Gabrielson • Vice President of Transportation • Lowe’s


Lowe’s Companies, Inc., based in Mooresville, N.C., is a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company serving approximately 16 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Photo: Lowe’s Home Improvement operates a 1.4 million square-foot distribution center in Rome, Ga. The company invested $125 million and created 600 jobs through the project. 


Lowe’s has a network of strategically located distribution centers designed to efficiently transport products. Streamlined supply chain solutions help the company lower its bottom line.

Rick Gabrielson, vice president of transportation for Lowe’s, said the Port of Savannah is an important link in delivering goods to customers throughout the Southeast and the nation.

“At Lowe’s, we’re excited to hear Savannah’s port deepening has moved into the construction phase,” he said. “The improved access to Super Post Panamax vessels allowed by the deeper harbor will help improve efficiencies as we move products to stores across the Southeast.”

Economies of scale mean container slots will cost less on larger ships.