Dansons US, a global manufacturer of consumer goods, will invest $27.7 million to locate a distribution center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The company plans to hire 118 associates in Cumberland County.
The expanded product line includes wood pellet fuel, security products, grilling accessories, smokers, and pellet grills. The southeastern operations in Fayetteville will be Dansons’ flagship distribution facility for their online customers and retail partners including Lowe’s, Target, Tractor Supply Co., and Walmart. Dansons will also bring additional parts of its operations and customer service to this facility with future expansion as the business grows.
“We are excited to bring not only award-winning products but a strong family-based company culture into the Fayetteville community,” says Jordan Thiessen, COO at Dansons. “We look forward to building a world class distribution and call center team in Cumberland County by adding great local talent to the Dansons family.”
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a team of partners in supporting Dansons’ decision to expand its operations to North Carolina The new positions will span across operations management, distribution order selection and equipment operators, and future call center staffing.
As an incentive, a performance-based grant of $400,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Dansons’ expansion to North Carolina. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. Cumberland County has approved a local matching incentive for the company, which is a requirement for One NC grants. OneNC awards are always contingent upon this condition being met.
“Even as the pandemic clouds the global economic horizon, companies like Dansons continue to express confidence in North Carolina as a destination for major investments,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland. “Our strategic location, strong infrastructure and world-class talent are among the assets growing companies seek when launching long-range expansion plans.”
In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Cumberland County, Cumberland County Workforce Development Board, and Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation.
Founded in 1999 by Dan Thiessen and his two sons, Dansons began by transforming sawmill waste into a reliable source of energy. The company, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, has since grown its wood pellet enterprise into a global consumer goods corporation with multiple award-winning brands.