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Head of GSI tours local site
Thursday, April 25, 2013
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
The CEO of GSI Commerce Solutions Inc. was in town Wednesday to listen to employees, discuss the company’s current status and look to the future.
Tobias Hartmann, CEO global operations, said the “most important piece of our work here is to touch base with my teams, listen to them” and to meet with the more than 530 local employees.
“We discussed plans, future plans,” Hartmann said of himself and human resources representatives Carmen Orr and Bob Kingit, who also were in Martinsville on Wednesday.
Kim Smith-Glisson, the site leader at the company’s Martinsville facilities on Hollie Drive, also was part of the delegation.
GSI Commerce, an eBay Inc. company, is housed in three buildings with a total of 780,000 square-feet on Hollie Drive: Buildings 229, 330 and 307.
About a year ago, GSI Commerce, which provides ecommerce and interactive marketing services, announced the company would invest an additional $1.5 million to expand and open a new fulfillment center in Henry County and create more than 60 new jobs.
The company announced in March 2012 that it would lease, upfit and locate in the former DC 2 plant in the Bowles Industrial Park in the Rich Acres community.
That facility is a fulfillment center, Smith-Glisson has said.
Employees in most of the local facilities fill orders for several companies, Smith-Glisson has said, and added that only two of those companies could be identified — New York & Company in the 307 building and Hanover Direct (also known as The Company Store) in the facility on Joseph Martin Highway.
“We definitely have a sizable operation in Martinsville,” Hartmann said. The company maintains 10 sites in the U.S., he added.
The company held a job fair in March to fill between 80 and 100 positions that include everything from general warehouse to supervisors, Smith-Glisson said at the time.
The job fair “went very well. We had a good market response,” according to Hartmann, who attributed the high number of applicants to the company’s business model, ecommerce, “which is actually growing.”
The event attracted 551 applicants, Smith-Glisson said Wednesday.
“People and applicants understand” that they would be joining a winning team if they are hired, Hartmann added.
The new positions are expected to be filled in the next four months, according to Hartmann, who added that when filled, the new positions represent a “20 percent growth story.”
Hartmann said he tries to visit the company’s local facilities two or three times each year, along with other facilities in the U.S.
Although he did not offer details about possible future expansions, Hartmann said “we are always looking for different expansion opportunities. We are planning on expanding. We are planning on expanding in Martinsville. We like what we are doing here.”