WYNIT Distribution, a leading international wholesale distributor, will move its corporate headquarters and 111 jobs to downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The company will create a net of 75 new jobs.
The globally-recognized consumer electronics and emerging technologies distributor will be moving to more than 57,000 square-feet of space on three floors at the One Building in the heart of downtown, starting in early spring 2016.
“Moving our headquarters has been one of the toughest decisions we have had to make as a business. For a variety of compelling reasons this is the best decision for the company and its employees in the long term. Greenville is a place where we can grow,” said WYNIT Distribution COO Pete Richichi.
“We considered a lot of factors when moving our offices to Greenville; the biggest was deciding what will help our company grow well into the future. We believe Greenville will make WYNIT even more successful for years to come,” WYNIT Distribution Founder/CEO Geoffrey Lewis added.
Founded in 1987, the company opened a satellite office in Piedmont, South Carolina, five years ago and has grown there to 36 employees, who also will move to the new headquarters office downtown. The new positions will come from the combination of moving employees from its offices in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and North Syracuse, New York, which has been WYNIT’s headquarters. WYNIT Distribution will also look to hire talent from the Upcountry.
Employees in the downtown offices will include the existing teams from the Piedmont satellite office, as well as the customer service, purchasing, finance, marketing, components of IT, and logistics teams. All other sales positions will remain in their current locations as part of the consolidation of offices. In addition, key staff will remain in North Syracuse, New York, and Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
“WYNIT Distribution’s decision to build a corporate headquarters and to expand its South Carolina operations is a big win for our state. The 75 new jobs this investment is creating will make a real difference in our state, and we look forward to watching WYNIT continue to find success in Greenville for many years to come,” Governor Nikki Haley said.
“South Carolina’s robust logistics network continues to grow, allowing our businesses to transport their goods and services to marketplaces all over the world. Today’s announcement by WYNIT Distribution is a testament to that strong network and will only enhance the Palmetto State’s reputation as an ideal destination for business,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt said.