Pet Supplies Plus (PSP) has announced plans to relocate its warehousing operations from southeastern Michigan to Seymour, IN creating up to 135 new jobs by 2016.
The pet specialty retailer plans to lease and equip a 763,000 square-foot facility at 1510 E. Fourth St. in Seymour. The consolidation and expansion will more than double the company’s capacity to support its existing and planned retail store customer-base. PSP plans to begin shipping to customers in August from its Seymour location.
“Indiana’s business climate is a magnet for growing companies across the country,” said Gov. Mitch Daniels. “We are happy that PSP, like many businesses before, has discovered that our unparalleled infrastructure and first-rate workforce make Indiana the premier place to expand their business.”
Founded in 1988 in Farmington Hills, Mich., PSP was originally designed according to the grocery store-model and was the first pet shop with wide aisles and organized, well-stocked display shelves. Today, there are approximately 10 PSP stores throughout Indiana employing approximately 200 Hoosiers.
“This investment supports our customers who can expect substantial service improvements, a broader range of products and the highest level of availability in the industry,” said Todd Pankey, PSP senior vice president of supply chain. “We appreciate the commitment from Indiana and Seymour who have supported the company with incentives to relocate to the area.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Pet Supplies Plus up to $850,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $75,000 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. The city of Seymour approved additional property tax abatement at the request of the Jackson County Industrial Development Corporation.
“With our location along Interstate 65, we are well-positioned to attract major logistics companies and we are thrilled PSP selected Seymour for its new distribution center,” said Seymour Mayor Craig Luedeman. “Our area has seen solid growth over the past year and PSP’s decision gets 2012 off to a great start for us.”