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Columbia Sportswear Expands Distribution Hub in Henderson County, Kentucky

Columbia Sportswear Co., a manufacturer of apparel and footwear products, will invest $700,000 to expand its distribution operation in Henderson County, Kentucky.

Columbia plans to invest in its existing operation at 2001 Northern Star Way near Robards with the purchase of new racking and electronic processing equipment to accommodate growing customer demand.

The expansion will increase the location’s capacity to distribute Columbia, Sorel, prAna and Mountain Hardwear branded products. Located in the community since 2004, the company currently employs 89 people in Henderson County. The facility is one of two distribution locations operated by the company in the US, with the other located in Oregon.

“We have been very happy with our distribution center in Kentucky,” said Tim Boyle, CEO & President of Columbia Sportswear Co. “We are pleased to invest again in Kentucky, and to create more quality jobs for the region.”

Columbia Sportswear Co. has assembled a portfolio of brands for active lives, making it a leader in the global active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industry. Founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, the company’s brands are today sold in approximately 90 countries. In addition to the Columbia brand, Columbia Sportswear Co. also owns the Mountain Hardwear, SOREL and prAna brands.

“Columbia is a widely recognized brand within its industry, and we are excited for the company’s decision to expand its presence in the commonwealth,” Governor Matt Bevin said. “This is just the latest investment that exemplifies Kentucky’s status as a national leader in distribution and logistics. We are grateful for Columbia’s commitment to the commonwealth over the past 15 years, and we are excited to see their business continuing to grow.”

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