GARDENA, Calif.-Next Level Apparel announces plans for a new distribution center in Ashford, Ala. Initially announced by local outlets earlier this month, the opening is projected to add 100 jobs to the area workforce. The company aims to begin shipping products out of the facility this year and projects being fully operational at the location by 2017.
“We’re excited because this moves Next Level product east of the Mississippi within a much closer shipping radius to our distributor partners,” says Mark Seymour, CSO at Next Level. Seymour adds that the enthusiasm and effort put forth by community members in Ashford also made the city a top choice, as the center will be an economic boost for the region.
With multiple distribution partners in surrounding states like Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, Seymour notes that the new location will also help reduce shipping costs and times for these areas, and help meet rising demand faster.
“We feel fortunate that the brand has grown to the point where the demand is necessary and it makes sense for us to move product from the west coast,” expresses Seymour. On a global scale, Ashford’s proximity is much closer to the Eastern seaboard than Next Level offices in California, making it a convenient entry point for the company’s international goods, Seymour points out.
Staffing for the new building will be a combination of the local community and a handful of personnel from Next Level’s west coast team. For initial operations, a 60,000 sq. ft. expansion is planned on the existing building. An additional 60,000 sq. ft. is expected to be added as well to meet shipping and inventory demands as the project develops.
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