Fiskars Merging Distribution Centers in Mississippi

Fiskars announced Thursday that it is consolidating all of its warehouse and distribution operations for its Garden and School/Office/Craft divisions into a single new center in Southaven, Mississippi later this year.

Two warehouse/distribution facilities in Wisconsin will be closed to allow for the consolidation in Mississippi. The company’s Sauk City, WI facility will be closed by the end of 2010, and the Wausau, WI facility will close by May 2011. A total of 115 employees in the two locations were notified Thursday that they will be laid off due the facilities closing. Fiskars is offering severance packages and transition programs to the affected workers.

The merger of the distribution facilities is part of an ongoing effort by Fiskars to merge their Garden and School/Office/Craft divisions to maximize the efficiency of the company and improve its order fulfillment for its retail customers. The effort began last year when the business operations of the two divisions were moved into a single facility in Madison, WI.

The company will begin occupying a 260,000 square foot facility in Southaven, Mississippi in September 2010. The facility will host some light assembly and the distribution functions, employing 100 people in two shifts.

The Mississippi location was selected for the consolidated distribution center because of its proximity to serving Fiskars’ major retail accounts, which include Michaels (Dallas), Wal-mart (Arkansas), Home Depot (Atlanta), Lowe’s (North Carolina), and Office Depot (Florida).

“The new location is in closer proximity to many of our retail partners’ distribution centers allowing us to provide improved customer service,” Fiskars spokeswoman Julia Prohaska told Scrapbook Update. “The merging of our garden and craft distribution also allows us to combine orders in single shipments.”

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4 Responses to Fiskars Merging Distribution Centers in Mississippi

  1. Amy K May 16, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Ugghhh…another company leaving our state…more people out of jobs….sad, but thanks for keeping us up on the industry news.

  2. Betsy Burnett May 16, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    The loss of jobs is always hard. Fiskars headquarters in Madison is staying put, and there was a mention of allowing some employees at the warehouses the option of relocating to the new facility.

  3. Lynn Mercurio May 16, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    While the relocation is sad for those loosing their jobs, on the bright side, at least they are keeping the jobs in the United States, unlike my company who eliminated 25 jobs and outsourced them to India…now THAT’S sad.

    Thank you Nancy for your hard work keeping all of us updated on the “inside” action of the craft world.

  4. Shawn mike July 24, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    This is a painful duty for a company too doing relocation or shutting dawn their centers as well as for employes. But due to circumstances such ard decision taken. Whether your business requires LTL freight, partial truckload, full truckload, rail cargo,inter-modal, air cargo, ocean cargo, or supply chain management.

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