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Site Location Partnership Client Announcement: Bleckmann Enters U.S. Market with 200 New Jobs in the Columbus Region

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site location partnershipColumbus, OH (June 16, 2016) – Site Location Partnership (SLP), a Dallas-based consulting firm specializing in corporate site selection and location strategy, announced that Bleckmann, a third-party logistics company in the fashion and lifestyle sector, is expanding to the U.S. market into Columbus, OH. The company’s $3.5 million investment in a 175,000 square foot distribution center is expected to create 200 new jobs in the immediate future.

“As a third party logistics company focused on fashion and e-commerce, it is key for us to be in a location that has good infrastructure, a good labor base and a central location so that a large part of the market can be reached quickly and cost-efficiently,” said CEO and co-owner, Johan Milliau.

“After a detailed analysis, we concluded that Columbus was the ideal location to serve the United States from the East to the West,” added Steven Rymenans, Group Strategy director and co-owner.

“When looking into different markets for our first U.S. location, Bleckmann connected with Columbus 2020 and quickly recognized the strong relationship the organization has with the private sector. The Columbus 2020 team introduced Bleckmann to many companies in the area that helped influence our decision,” said Marc Keymeulen, Director of International Development at Bleckmann. “And Columbus 2020, GROW Licking County and Johnstown exposed our company to a variety of resources that made it easy to see how Bleckmann could succeed within the community.”

About Bleckmann
Bleckmann is a Dutch-Belgo company dedicated to the fashion and lifestyle sector, operating extensive logistics and distribution services to the retail industry throughout Europe, with world-wide forwarding capabilities. Bleckmann’s network infrastructure is the most complete and extensive of its kind in Western Europe operating in a hub & spoke distribution network within countries, handling both hanging and boxed merchandise and is tuned to the specific nature and requirements of its customers including the capacity and gearing to accommodate sharp seasonal fluctuations.

About GROW Licking County
The mission of GROW Licking County CIC is to provide responsive and individualized economic development support that enables business to expand or relocate in Licking County, Ohio. GROW Licking County serves as the front door of the community – welcoming development, connecting resources, and increasing opportunities. Through their public-private partnership, GROW Licking County facilitates relationships throughout its footprint to ensure the county encourages emerging and existing growth opportunities across their diverse industry sectors.

About Site Location Partnership
Site Location Partnership (SLP) is a multi-disciplined advisory firm that enables the growth of businesses, communities and economies through its two primary consulting areas – corporate site selection and economic development. SLP’s Corporate Location Practice helps companies from industrial and commercial sectors select the optimal location for expansion, relocation or consolidation of business facilities. SLP’s Economic Development Practice assists various organizations in implementing business attraction strategies for new corporate investment, job creation and economic growth.

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