Blair, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orchard Brands, on Friday announced that it will be transferring work currently being performed at one of Orchard Brands' Eatonton, Ga., distribution centers to its Irvine Distribution Center, resulting in the creation of 75 to 100 full-time jobs at the Warren County facility.
The transfer is the result of Orchard Brands' strategic plan to build an efficient, industry-leading operational platform for all of its companies. Orchard expects to realize considerable cost savings and a long-term strategic advantage with the move to Pennsylvania. The jobs being transferred from the Eatonton center to Blair handle Solutions, Gold Violin and Linen Source customers. Eatonton associates are being offered an opportunity to transfer to the Warren County facility.
"Landing these jobs at Blair is a direct result of the record of excellence the Irvine Distribution Center associates have achieved over the years in servicing our own customers and, more recently, the customers of other Orchard companies," said Dave Walde, Blair president and chief executive officer. "Support from the community and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry has been instrumental in Orchard Brands' continued consolidation of jobs in northwestern Pennsylvania."
"We have a state of the art distribution operation, and Orchard Brands is maximizing that advantage and utilizing our excess capacity in moving additional jobs here," said Randy Scalise, vice president, Irvine Distribution Center.
Orchard Brands plans to migrate the Eatonton jobs to Warren County beginning in July, aiming to complete the process by the end of September.
Walde noted that the Irvine Distribution Center is now responsible for 75 percent of Orchard Brands' business. He observed that "It's a testament to a skilled and highly productive workforce and a dedicated and talented distribution center management team that Orchard Brands has decided to make Warren County a center of excellence for distribution of its products. The Irvine Distribution Center is a world-class facility of which we all can be proud. That's a credit to both our associates and the community which supports us."