Dayton is now home to Crocs Inc.’s North American distribution center.
The footwear company relocated its distribution operation from Ontario, Calif., to a site near Dayton International Airport. Crocs officially kicked off the opening on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and party for employees.
The new distribution center, at 10391 Dog Leg Road, spans 550,000 square-feet and will employ as many as 250 people, said Bill Bine, senior vice president of global supply chain for Crocs.
“We’re going through a strong growth phase, and this distribution center is really important to that growth,” said Crocs CEO Andrew Rees. “This is a real turning point in Crocs.”
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Crocs stared construction on the new facility in February. The distribution center will serve retail, wholesale and e-commerce customers.
Bine said Crocs chose Dayton for a number of reasons. Being located in Ohio puts the company in a better location within North America to serve its customers, and the Dayton site gives the company the ability to grow, he said.
The new distribution center is 40% larger than the prior facility.
Also new in the Dayton facility is an automated sorter for inventory. The “Euro-Sort” or “Bombay Sorter” will increase Crocs’ capacity, Bine said. The machine can sort 6,000 units per hour.
Throughput in the Dayton facility is expected to be 50% greater than it was in California.
The Crocs distribution center will bring approximately 250 jobs to the region, Bine said, including seasonal workers. About 150 employees are permanent positions, he said.
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Crocs, best known for its varieties of clogs and sandals, has more than 4,000 employees worldwide.
“We are excited to make Dayton the home of our new Americas distribution center. Everyone we have worked with since the inception of this project has gone out of their way to welcome us to this wonderful city. We look forward to becoming deeply involved in, and giving back to, our new community,” Shannon Sisler, senior vice president and Crocs chief people officer said.
Positions at the new distribution facility will range from hourly to managerial. To view a complete listing of job openings at the new facility, visit the Career Page on Crocs.com.
Bine said Crocs made their move to the Midwest at just the right time because Payless had recently shut its doors.
“That left a bunch of skilled workers who had worked with similar equipment and had worked with each other without jobs,” Bine said. “We were able to bring over a good number of those people. They are the reason we’re able to get this new center up and running.”
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