Coleman Press Release:
The Coleman Company, Inc., a subsidiary of global consumer products company Jarden Corporation, today announced two significant investment initiatives designed to further solidify the company’s position as a global leader in outdoor products.
The first investment is a multi-million dollar capital initiative intended to further enhance the company’s U.S.-based manufacturing facilities in Wichita, KS and New Braunfels, TX. These new capital projects follow the significant investments made in the business’s infrastructure and information technology platforms, as well as the establishment of world class distribution facilities in the U.S. and Europe, over the last few years. By committing additional capital investment in the U.S., Coleman intends on enhancing its product line and continuing its tradition of creating exciting and innovative products for consumers.
“We are pleased to continue our track record of investing in our businesses to support the long-term expansion of our brands,” said James E. Lillie, Chief Executive Officer of Jarden Corporation. “Coleman is an iconic name synonymous with the outdoors, and this investment in the company’s future will further solidify its leadership position while providing a platform to drive continued global expansion for all of its brands.”
In addition to the manufacturing investment initiative, Coleman is also establishing a new Leadership Center for The Coleman Company in the Denver, CO metropolitan area. This facility will position Coleman for its next phase of growth as an international provider of innovative outdoor products that inspire people to enjoy spending time outdoors with family and friends.
The new facility in the Denver area is designed to address the growth needs of Coleman’s global, multi-market consumer base and will house certain sales, marketing and product teams, who will have the opportunity to relocate from Wichita, KS. Coleman will maintain its manufacturing operations and supporting functions such as sourcing, engineering and finance in Wichita, with the substantial majority of Coleman’s 800-person Wichita workforce unaffected.
“These investment initiatives, including the establishment of a Leadership Center in the Denver area, best position the company for the future and provide a desirable platform to serve our global customer base in the most efficient manner,” said Robert Marcovitch, The Coleman Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Denver metropolitan area is an important hub for the outdoor industry and will provide us with several key advantages as a global business competing on the world stage. We are, however, absolutely committed to continuing our investment in our Kansas based enterprises.”
The move is expected to be completed over the next 12 to 18 months, with minimal staff realignments anticipated as a result of this transition.
UPDATE: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wichita city leaders said they are disappointed Coleman Co., is building a leadership facility in Colorado.
Carl Brewer, Wichita mayor, said he learned about a facility being built in Denver during a conference call Thursday morning. Brewer said he had heard rumors about the company a couple of days ago, but is disappointed to find out key leaders will be leaving Wichita.
Coleman has said the move will not affect Wichita workers.
Wichita leaders held a press conference Thursday afternoon, saying the council will be working with Coleman officials to keep the leadership team in Wichita.
A decision whether to move operations to Denver will not be made until the Spring of 2012.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wichita city leaders are talking with Coleman Co. officials after learning the company is building a new facility in Denver.
Michael O'Donnell, Wichita City Councilman, tells KAKE news the company is building the facility with an option to relocate their headquarters to Colorado. Coleman said some Wichita employees will be able to relocate, however, the move will not affect most of the local workers.
Carl Brewer, Wichita Mayor, will be holding a news conference on this developing story at 3 p.m. Thursday.
KAKE's Deb Farris will have more on our newscasts at 5 and 6 p.m.