Pictured left to right: Barry Room, Manheim Regional Vice President, West, Chris Brown, General Manager of Manheim Riverside, Scott Hurst, Market Vice President, Southwest Market, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Janet Barnard, Manheim President of North America, Congressman Mark Takano and Mike Sadowski, VP of Operations, General Manager for Kelley Blue Book. Photo: Manheim
ATLANTA — Manheim unveiled two offerings to meet dealers’ needs for detailed condition reports and vehicle evaluation data at a grand opening celebration event last week in Riverside, Calif.
The new offerings are additions to the 89,000 square-foot Manheim California Service Center and include an indoor vehicle inspection facility and the Kelley Blue Book Resource center. The California Service Center was opened in 2013.
“Manheim Riverside continues to invest in new and better ways to make it faster and easier for dealers to conduct business while delivering high-quality products and services,” said Chris Brown, general manager, Manheim Riverside. “As vehicle volumes continue to rise, these collective facilities will ensure that our team is prepared for anticipated growth, delivering new technology tools to enhance the auction experience and better serve our customers.”
The Indoor Vehicle Inspection Facility is a 21,000 square-foot, climate controlled building where inspectors can produce vehicle condition reports on more than 125,000 vehicles per year.
The Kelley Blue Book Resource Center is located in the main auction lobby and provides training, information sessions and customer meeting space. The Resource Center is equipped with seven workstations and business technology tools for buyers and sellers to access product and evaluation information.
“Helping car buyers and sellers achieve their respective goals is at the core of Kelley Blue Book’s mission, making the implementation of the all-new Resource Center at Manheim Riverside a no-brainer,” said Mike Sadowski, vice president of operations and general manager, KBB. “Delivering the company’s trusted information and the availability of space for dealers to conduct business directly at the auction is just another example of how we intend to carry out that mission for our customers.”
The grand opening ceremony was attended by more than 100 customers, employees and community leaders and was followed by a Highline sale and dealer appreciation lunch. At the event, Manheim also emphasized its commitment to the environment.
The Vehicle Inspection Facility boasts energy efficient LED lighting that consumes 33% less energy than traditional lighting sources, according to Manheim. Manheim Riverside also recently launched a turf elimination project to reduce landscape water usage in drought-affected Southern California. By replacing six acres of green turf grass with plants that need less water, the facility could save 15 million gallons of water annually.
“Especially as the company celebrates its 70th year in operation, Manheim is very grateful for the Riverside community’s ongoing support,” shared Janet Barnard, president, Manheim North America. “We continue to strive to be an excellent corporate citizen and responsive to area employment and environmental needs.”