Jacksonville, Fla. — Hillman Solutions has unveiled the completion of its upated distribution center in Jacksonville, Florida, along with the creation of 50 new jobs. The expansion caps a 15-year presence in Jacksonville and enables Hillman to better service retailers in the Southeast, the company says.
“The original Hillman Jacksonville distribution center is barely recognizable today after a multi-million-dollar investment to expand the footprint of 92,000 square feet to its current 190,000 square feet,” said Ben Wilcox, senior director of distribution at Hillman. “The workforce has grown commensurately from nine associates to more than 90 associates and we’re looking to bring on 50 more employees.”
To increase productivity, Hillman uses an artificial intelligence automation system that is designed to maximize efficiencies. “We incorporated several automated vehicles to reduce the amount of manual labor needed to move inventory,” said Wilcox.
To ensure a safe working environment for its employees, Hillman incorporated design elements that improve ergonomics for associates. These elements included a raised floor in storage locations to minimize bending, the company says.
“We take great pride in the accomplishments we have been able to achieve. It is a testament to the hard work and innovation that each member of the team brings to the job every day,” says Wilcox. “We will continue to create a workplace that values integrity and embraces diversity while maintaining a safe and efficient operation.”
Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Hillman is a provider of complete hardware solutions, delivered to over 26,000 customers. Hillman designs product and merchandising solutions for complex categories that deliver a customer experience to home improvement centers, mass merchants, national and regional hardware stores, pet supply stores, and OEM & industrial customers.