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Pitman Creek begins hiring as it prepares to move into new distribution centre


US wholesaler Pitman Creek has begun hiring for the move into its new 206,000 sqft distribution centre in Stanford, Kentucky.

According to its owner and CEO, James Coffey, the new site could be the largest fishing distributor facility in the country. The move, which will put the company’s four locations under one roof, is scheduled for October this year and will provide jobs for the local community. It follows a reported 80% increase in sales for the Kentucky business since the COVID pandemic began driving more people outdoors. The current warehouse and distribution centre in nearby Danville holds 26,000 products, but that is only a small percentage of what it can obtain and supply, said the company.

Pitman Creek’s growth is largely due to its positioning as a one-stop purchase point for thousands of tackle dealers in 49 states, says Coffey. The company, which includes major chains like Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart among its customers, offers access to more than 300 manufacturers. The business also benefits from a logistically advantageous location and can fulfill orders to most customers in one to two days.

Pitman Creek was founded by Don and Marella Stephens as a custom lure maker in 1978, near the Lake Cumberland tributary from which it took its name. James Coffey bought the business in 1993.

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