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Distributor’s expansion means better service for US tackle dealers

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Tackle dealers across the US can expect improved service following expansion by one of the country’s leading distributors.

Pitman Creek Wholesale has started construction of a 205,000 square foot warehouse in Stanford, Kentucky, with an additional 200,000 square foot space available for future development. The distribution centre will increase the company’s capacity for growing its business. “It will allow us to consolidate our four current locations under one roof and to improve capacity, speed and accuracy,” said Director of Operations Doug McMurry. “It is critical to moving forward in a competitive marketplace.”

The expansion will take the 42-year-old business full circle. Initially a custom lure manufacturer, the company evolved into a distributor and moved from Somerset, Kentucky to Stanford after being acquired by current President and CEO, James S. Coffey, in 1993. “We are committed to investing in our people, facilities and technology to provide the best customer service in our industry,” said Coffey. “The footprint of the new facility will be one of, if not the largest distributor facilities dedicated to fishing in the US. We will be fully functional there by Fall 2021.”

Pitman Creek’s General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, John D. Johnson, said the company’s strategy for growth and superior customer service would not be possible from its current real estate. Founded by Don and Marella Stephens near the Lake Cumberland tributary from which it takes its name, Pitman Creek supplies tackle to retailers in 49 states as well as international customers.

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