Randa Accessories says it will open a new logistics facility in Reno, Nevada; move its Toronto facility; upgrade its New Orleans center and close the Swank facility in Taunton, Mass. as it invests $25 million in infrastructure updates.
“Randa distribution centers are selected and developed based upon many criteria including: adjacencies to international ports of entry, highways, airports, freight and other transportation hubs, distribution costs to our customers’ distribution centers, state and local support, and the employment pool available,” explained Randa’s David Katz. “The upgraded Randa Logistics Network, when completed, will cover nearly 1 million square feet and have the capacity to ship over 100 million units annually.”
Randa currently handles about 65 million units per year, more than half of them belts.
The company also noted that it has received approval for free trade zone status. Katz estimates that these changes to the Randa logistics infrastructure will shave off as much as a week to the lead time on, for instance, neckwear coming to market.
The new Reno facility will add 275,000 sq, ft. and 120 jobs to Randa’s existing Reno presence. It will process more than 40 million units (belts, neckwear, wallets, luggage and other accessories) per year.
The Toronto, Ontario logistics center will move into a space twice the size of its previous location. The larger facility was needed to serve Randa’s growing Canadian business.
In New Orleans, the Randa logistics center will get a new power supply, logistics software, processing and handling equipment, and conveyors. The company says the center will process more than 30 million belts a year.
The Taunton facility, which employs 165, became part of Randa with its acquisition of Swank in 2012. Those workers are being offered positions at other Randa locations.
“We appreciate and respect the decades of service provided by the talented associates at the Swank Taunton facility and will offer interviews for job opportunities at other Randa locations,” said Randa SVP Randy Kennedy.