- August 27, 2021
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An Oregon-based company that sells indoor and outdoor furniture, pet supplies and trampolines, among other products, is opening a distribution center near Delaware City.
The company, Newacme, is joining the Delaware Logistics Park at Route 7 and Route 72. DART Container – the maker of the red Solo cup – opened a distribution center at the logistics park last year, and Amazon is expected to open a delivery station there later this year.
Newacme will hire 34 new employees, including managers and warehouse associates, over the next three years. The company received a grant of up to $44,540 from Delaware’s Council on Development Finance. A press release from Delaware Prosperity Partnership said Newacme is investing more than $1.5 million in the warehouse for racking, equipment, furniture and utility infrastructure.
The 217,000-square-foot warehouse is expected to be fully operational by this summer. Newacme was drawn to the warehouse for its location – the company says 60% of its customers are on the East Coast but its existing U.S. distribution centers are in Los Angeles and Memphis.
Newacme sells direct-to-consumer online and through third-party marketplaces such as Amazon, Wayfair and eBay. It operates several brands including ExacMe, BarberPub, Mcombo, Lovupet and Macrosaving selling furniture, garden tools, tents, pet supplies, salon and barber equipment, health and beauty supplies and sports equipment.
The Delaware Logistics Park is being developed by Northpoint, a Kansas City construction company. Plans call for four buildings, spanning 2 million square feet.
The state provided Northpoint $3.9 million through a capital expenditure grant in September 2019. The facility must provide 800 new jobs to satisfy the grant.
Michael Chesney, Delaware Division of Small Business director of communications, previously told Delaware Online/The News Journal there can be “claw backs” if terms of the grant are broken. Northpoint has through 2022 to draw on the grant funds, Chesney said.
DART Container pledged to employ 60 to 70 people at its site. An Amazon delivery station typically offers 100 to 150 full-time and part-time jobs, according to Amazon spokesperson Jenna Hilzenrath.
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