Solutions 2 GO, LLC, a specialized video game products distributor, recently announced plans to locate a new facility here, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2016.
The Irvine, Calif.-headquartered company will invest $3.3 million to lease and equip a 196,000 square-foot facility at 7900 Rockville Road in Indianapolis. The facility, which begins full operations this week, will utilize warehouse management software that allows the company to remotely monitor and direct production from its California headquarters.
“Solutions 2 GO is another great company to capitalize on Indy’s proven leadership in the distribution and logistics industry,” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said in a press release. “Indy’s prime location and proximity to major interstate, air, and rail corridors makes our city the top choice for many national and international companies. We look forward to adding Solutions 2 GO to our thriving business community.”
Solutions 2 GO, which currently employs more than 100 associates across the country, has already begun hiring shipping foremen, returns and e-commerce managers, and production associates.
“Solutions 2 GO provides a depth of experience to publishers looking to get their products in the hands of video game enthusiasts,” Keith Richards, chief financial officer of Solutions 2 GO, said in a press release. “Each member of our core leadership team has more than 20 years experience in this industry. Our experience led us to open this distribution center in Indiana because of its first-rate transportation network. In Indiana we hit the roads or the skies in record time, allowing us to provide a high quality of service to our customers.”
Founded in 2009, Solutions 2 GO distributes video games, software, related hardware, and accessory bundles to retail and e-commerce clients across the country. The company provides special promotions and unique packaging for industry leaders such as Sony PlayStation, Activision, and Nintendo, serving customers including Walmart, Kmart, and Target.
“As a hub for distribution, we welcome Solutions 2 GO to Indy,” said Brian Gildea, vice president and executive director of Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber. “Leveraging our central location, warehouse inventory, and eager workforce, Indy was able to beat out other cities across the nation for their expansion. As Indy’s distribution sector continues to grow, more and more companies see the value of being close to such distribution centers which only leads to growth in other areas of focus like advanced manufacturing, life science, and technology.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Solutions 2 GO, LLC up to $200,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $17,500 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Indianapolis supports the project at the request of Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber.
“As the Crossroads of America, Indiana is a state that works for the logistics industry,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Distributors searching for a centralized location take full advantage of Indiana’s robust transportation network, where companies can access more than 80 percent of the country’s population within one day’s drive. This is why so many products on store shelves today once traveled through the Hoosier State.”
Indiana is within one day’s drive to more than 20 major metropolitan markets, making the state a perfect place for growing companies like Solutions 2 GO to establish their distribution facilities. Eight interstate highways with more than 11,000 total miles connect Indiana to the rest of the country, complimented by four international airports, three state-of-the art international maritime ports, and more than 4,000 miles of active railway tracks.