Consumer Products Company to Locate Distribution Operations in Mississippi

May 17, 2010
Finlands oldest company will occupy the facility in September.

Fiskars, a Helsinki, Finland-based supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors, announced that it is combining warehouse and distribution operations for its Garden and School, Office & Craft divisions into an existing 260,000-square-foot facility in Southaven, Miss.

Operations at the new facility primarily will be distribution-related but will include some light assembly, according to the Mississippi Development Authority.

Fiskars will occupy the facility in September and will transition operations at its existing locations in Sauk City, Wis., and Wausau, Wis., to Southaven by June 2011.

The change will optimize the operational efficiencies of our growing business, said Julia Prohaska, director of marketing communications for Fiskars. The location will allow us to improve fulfillment to many of our retail trade customers who are located in the southern U.S.

The Mississippi Development Authority worked with company representatives and local officials on the project and provided assistance through the Jobs Tax Credit program. The project will create 100 new jobs, according to the agency.

Founded in 1649 in Finland, Fiskars is Finlands oldest company.

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