Cox Communications partnered with Communications Test Design Inc. (CTDI) on a new 72,000-square-foot distribution center in Chesapeake, Va.

Cox and CTDI executives held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the new facility this morning.

On behalf of Cox, CTDI will manage certain supply chain functions, including equipment repair and provisioning. The Cox supply chain includes goods and materials such as set-top boxes and other equipment.

Cox’s Hampton Roads system is home to one of only four Cox distribution centers nationally. Other Cox regional distribution facilities will be located in Baton Rouge, La.; Wichita, Kan.; and Phoenix, Ariz.

"Our relationship with CTDI is a great partnership. We have a long-term agreement with CTDI to assist us with our supply chain activities. We couldn't be more pleased to have this association in place. This transition is part of our overarching efforts to simplify our processes – ultimately allowing us to provide even better service to our valued customers," said Gary McCollum, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Virginia. “This facility is the hub of our Cox Mid-Atlantic warehouse operations. Through this partnership, we will have more advanced supply chain capabilities, and we are creating great economies of scale for our business."

The new Chesapeake facility features CTDI's set-top box test systems and automated logistics processes. It also includes state-of-the-art techniques in equipment repair and provisioning.

CTDI customized operations at the new site and installed four test systems, called "Gen-3 STB Testers.” The test system is capable of processing multiple pieces of equipment simultaneously.