ATLANTA – Manheim officially opened a new 70,000-square-foot vehicle distribution center at its National Auto Dealers Exchange (N.A.D.E.) location in Bordentown, N.J., last week.

Manheim president and CEO Dean Eisner was joined by executives from American Honda Finance Corp., at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Steve Smith, senior vice president, Harry Thompson, senior manager, and Dave Langley, manager of vehicle remarketing. The N.A.D.E. auction location has served as a facility for off-lease Honda vehicles from the Northeast U.S. since 2004; the new N.A.D.E. Distribution Center and 35-acre land parcel, adjacent to the existing auction location, will improve operational efficiencies and increase capacity. N.A.D.E. General Manager Pete Sauber said Honda is expected to send 30,000 to 35,000 vehicles through the facility in 2007.

Distribution Center features include a paint and body shop, detail lanes, mechanical bays, paintless dent repair and glass replacement bays, and office space for 35 employees.

Sauber said the work performed at the Distribution Center helps Honda remarket retail-ready off-lease vehicles quickly.

“When Honda brings their off-lease vehicles to the Distribution Center, we inspect the vehicles and perform enhancements and repairs,” said Sauber. “While the vehicles are here onsite, they are available for sale on Then we distribute them to Honda sales at wholesale auctions across the country.”