Tigris Fulfillment Partners LLC, will open an 111,000-square-foot kitchen and bath master distribution facility in Lithia Springs, bringing with it job opportunities for 10 general warehouse associates for the company's first year.
However, as the fulfillment company grows, they expect to create 50 to 75 new jobs over the next five years, according to Rich Holland, president and profit center manager. The company also anticipates investing up to $700,000 in machinery and equipment at the Lithia Springs center.
The master distributor of kitchen and bath fixtures provides 30 to 40 major brands to wholesalers, big box retailers and e-tailers, including Kohler and Moen, according to Holland.
Although technically running, the company expects to be fully operation in January.
Tigris is a subsidiary of Hajoca, the largest privately owned wholesaler of kitchen/bath products in the United States with over 400 profit centers.
“We run off a profit-sharing model,” Holland said, “and are allowed to run our own business. It is a wonderful way to come to work everyday.”
Holland cited several reasons why they chose to locate Tigris in Douglas County, including close proximity to both FedEx and UPS hubs, which he said “is critical to enabling (our) business to deliver on customer service commitments.”
He called Douglas County “a business-friendly county.”
“Douglas County is recognized as a pro-business community,” Holland said, “and we are located in an ‘opportunity zone’ which comes with financial incentives. We spent months looking at hundreds of buildings before deciding to locate in Douglas County.”
An Opportunity Zone is a designated area that has been identified to assist with the revitalization and redevelopment of the area, according to the Development Authority of Douglas County. Opportunity Zones and tax credits associated are approved and administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The Development Authority is assisting Tigris with fast-track permitting, recruiting and training through workforce development efforts and partnership, and helping the company in navigating the process of the Opportunity Zone Job Tax Credit program, said Chris Pumphrey, executive director of the DADC.
“We are excited about Tigris’ decision to locate their new facility in Lithia Springs and are committed to assisting them in any capacity we can so that they are successful here and grow and thrive, creating new career opportunities in our community,” said Pumphrey.
Holland said, “We want to create a footprint in Douglas County and hope to be a positive part of the community that will help us grow.”
Kyle Wilson is Tigris’ fulfillment center manager. He said the company is looking for people “who love working in a start-up, profit-sharing, entrepreneurial environment.”
He said, “We are looking for people who are capable of building something and running in an industry ‘best practice’ environment. We are looking for people with a commitment to excellence and who want to do a good job.”
Holland said, “The people we bring in need to be ready.”