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Dunham’s Sports Invests $30.1 Million To Expand Its Marion, Indiana, Distribution Center

Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation, which does business as Dunham’s Sports, a retailer of sporting goods, plans to invest $30.1 million to expand its Marion, Indiana, distribution center. The project is expected to create up to 135 new jobs by 2018.

The Troy, Michigan, based company will construct and equip a 735,000 square-foot distribution facility on approximately 50 acres in Marion. The facility, which is expected to break ground this March and be complete in December, will allow the company to house all distribution operations at one location. Dunham’s Sports, which currently has more than 600 associates in Indiana, will begin hiring new warehouse associates in the fall of 2014.

“Dunham’s Sports is pleased to be expanding our distribution center allowing us to meet the demand of our growing chain,” said Doug Billingsley, Vice President of Logistics at Dunham’s Sports. “We are excited to continue our long term relationship with the community, as Marion is a great logistical location for us.”

“This expansion is a home run for Dunham’s Sports and for Indiana,” said Governor Mike Pence. “In any head-to-head competition to win more Hoosier jobs, we score high marks for our central location and low-tax business environment. Our focus on job creation puts more eyes on the Hoosier State, letting everyone know that Indiana is a state that works.”

As an incentive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation up to $500,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 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. In addition, the IEDC will provide the community with up to $150,000 in infrastructure assistance from the state's Industrial Development Grant Fund. The city of Marion is considering additional tax abatement and incentives at the request of the Grant County Economic Growth Council.

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