SanMar Announces New Virginia-Based Distribution Center

By Dustin Shrader , Managing Editor

May 1, 2023

SanMar, Richmond, Virginia, recently shared the addition of a new distribution center in Ashland, Virginia.

The facility is SanMar’s ninth distribution center in the United States, marking it as a major initial investment in the Greater Richmond area.

The new Ashland facility comprises 1.1 million square feet of capacity. Located approximately 16 miles north of Richmond, VA, the property will significantly contribute to SanMar’s robust domestic network. The company hired its first employees in Ashland in February and will grow to nearly 1,000 employees as the location is built out to its full capacity.

“We’re excited to add to our SanMar team here in the Ashland area,” says Brian Thompson, vice president, distribution at SanMar. “We’ve already hired our first 40 new employees and are in full swing building out our operations.”

This new location will be SanMar’s largest distribution center and serve as the flagship facility for the company’s East Coast distributions. The company has committed a minimum investment of $50 million to bolster its deep inventory and shipping capabilities, and its longstanding commitment to meeting the needs of customers nationwide with reliable service.

“In deciding the right spot for our facility, labor market and logistics are important — but our people are at the heart of everything we do,” says Jeremy Lott, CEO of SanMar. “When we met the people in this community it became clear this is the right culture fit as we expand for future growth. We are thrilled to call this community a home to the future of the SanMar family for many years to come.”