Governor Brian P. Kemp announced this week that Duluth Trading Company, a retailer of casual wear, workwear and accessories for men and women, will build a new distribution and fulfillment facility in Adairsville. The new facility will create more than 300 new jobs and represents a $53 million investment in Bartow County.
“We are thrilled to welcome an iconic Duluth Trading Company brand to the Peach State,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “We are confident that this new facility will initiate a prosperous relationship with the people of Bartow County as Duluth expands to meet the distribution needs of our modern economy. Georgia’s prime location and robust infrastructure allow companies to distribute products to 80% of the US market in less than two days by road or two hours by plane.
Duluth Trading is based in Wisconsin and serves as a problem-solving workwear destination. Known for its humorous marketing and focus on high-quality customer service, the company operates primarily online with 65 outlets, including one in Kennesaw, Georgia.
“We are thrilled to open Duluth Trading’s first-ever automated processing center in Adairsville, Georgia,” said Sam Sato, President and CEO, Duluth Trading. “With an extensive distribution network and state-of-the-art robotics, this new facility allows us to better serve our customers nationwide while adding hundreds of new jobs to the Bartow County community.”
Duluth Trading’s new facility will be located in the Ashley Capital Building at 400 International Parkway in Adairsville. The facility is the retailer’s first automated distribution and processing center. This is a major investment in the retailer’s digital growth and expansion, to better serve customers and its nationwide physical store footprint. Duluth Trading will be hiring for a variety of positions, including full-time, part-time, and seasonal distribution center warehouse associates. Interested persons should apply at www.duluthtrading.com/careers.
“We know Duluth Trading had great options, which makes this announcement even more meaningful for Adairsville-Bartow County. Many aspects of our region contribute to business success, especially our talented citizens and our transportation corridors,” said Adairsville Mayor Kenneth Carson. “On top of that, the caliber of Duluth’s innovations in technology and strategy, as well as their stellar reputation, will surely accelerate their success. We look forward to a great partnership.
“This announcement is great news for Metro Atlanta and we welcome Duluth Trading Company’s investment in Bartow County,” said Metro Atlanta Chamber President and CEO Katie Kirkpatrick. “Metro Atlanta’s logistics expertise coupled with infrastructure designed to reach major population centers creates undeniable access to Duluth Trading Company’s growth. Additionally, Atlanta’s strength as a technology hub will be a major asset for Duluth Trading Company in implementing the latest supply chain technology solutions.
Project Manager Mellissa Takeuchi represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Global Commerce Team on this project in partnership with the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development, the Metro Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start.
“Duluth Trading is a unique and recognizable national brand, and we are thrilled that they have chosen Georgia for their first such distribution center for the company,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia’s logistics industry created the third highest number of jobs in the past fiscal year. Our logistical advantage is complemented by the Georgia Center of Innovation, which works to drive growth in key industries using research-driven strategies and an extensive network of public and private partners. Congratulations to our partners in Bartow County and Metro Atlanta for bringing new jobs and opportunities to their communities.
Georgia Quick Start, offered through the Technical College System of Georgia, is the highest-ranked workforce training program in the nation. The program helps assess workers, train new employees on unique processes on projects, and develop customized job-specific training using the latest techniques and media.