Mizuno USA, a global leader in sports apparel, footwear and equipment, announced this week the relocation of all distribution facilities and manufacturing operations to a 520,000 square-foot facility in Braselton by 2015.

“Mizuno USA is excited to make the move to Braselton in 2015,” said Bob Puccini, President of Mizuno USA, Inc. and Director of Mizuno Corporation. “This investment is a critical next step for our business to be able to service the dynamic, omni-channel supply needs of our customers and consumers. The location, supportive infrastructure as well as the facility space options made Barrow County the optimal solution to support our expected growth.”

The facility will merge Mizuno’s two existing distribution center facilities to service all Mizuno USA divisions. Current Mizuno employees will transition to the new facility in late 2014 following building renovations. “The Town of Braselton welcomes Mizuno USA to our community,” said mayor Bill Orr. “We are excited about the jobs that Mizuno will create. I am personally pleased to have Mizuno as one of our corporate members and look forward to working with their management team to secure our town’s reputation as a great place to live, work and play.”

Town manager Jennifer Dee gives credit to the newly formed Barrow County Economic Development Department and their coordination with the Town of Braselton for making this project a reality.

“We appreciate the hard work and cooperation shown by Guy Herring of Barrow County’s Economic Development Department, the Barrow County Board of Commissioners, Barrow County Development Authority, and Duke Realty,” said Dees.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Mizuno USA to Barrow County,” said Commission Chairman, Pat Graham. “We appreciate their investment and also the job opportunities they bring to Barrow County.”

The manufacturing and distribution center will have 150 full time positions and bring seasonal work opportunities starting in 2015.

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