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Fiskars combining operations in state

SOUTHAVEN — Officials from Fiskars, a global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors, have announced the company is combining warehouse and distribution operations for its Garden and School/Office/Craft divisions into an existing 260,000-square-foot facility at the Southaven Distribution Center in Southaven.

The project will create 100 new jobs in the area. 

The cost of the consolidation project was not disclosed.

“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.”

Operations at Fiskars’ new Southaven facility will be primarily distribution-related but will include some light assembly. The company will occupy the facility in Sept. 2010 and will fully transition operations at its existing locations in Sauk City and Wausau, Wis., to Southaven by June 2011.

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) worked closely with company representatives and local officials on this project and provided assistance through the Jobs Tax Credit program. 

Founded in 1649 in Finland, Fiskars is Finland’s oldest company. The Fiskars Group has a portfolio of international brands, including Fiskars, Iittala, Gerber, Silva and Busters. In 1967, Fiskars manufactured the world’s first plastic-handled scissors, and today, the company’s orange-handled scissors are one of its most widely-recognized products.

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