Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), the nation’s leading wholesale distributor to the bicycle and outdoor industries, is purchasing a 19-acre site at the Lime Spring development in East Hempfield Township. The Minnesota company will break ground next spring for a 120,000-square-foot distribution center that will be fully operational by spring 2015. QBP has leased a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Middletown since 2011.
Adding an east coast distribution center is a key component in one of QBP’s business goals, a strategy to build and strengthen partnerships with retailers. “This will significantly expand our ability to serve independent specialty retailers on the Eastern seaboard,” said Dave Smith, QBP site manager. He noted that as business grows, the warehouse could eventually expand to 200,000 square feet with capacity for over 30,000 SKUs. “We’ll have more products and more variety that we can deliver faster than ever before.” In most cases orders can be shipped in one day or less, Smith added.
The new building will be designed according to LEED and Energy Star standards, which both recognize and set requirements for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. QBP’s headquarters in Bloomington, MN, and their Ogden, UT, distribution center are both LEED Gold certified. Building this way reflects the company’s values of good citizenship. QBP is well known in the bicycle industry for its dedication to customers, employees, community and environment. The company has long been committed to promoting healthy lifestyles for its employees, investing in such initiatives as a company wide wellness program, which provides opportunities for employees and their families to participate in activities such as canoe daytrips and wilderness hikes. The financial and cultural investment has paid off. QBP currently employs over 600 people at its three locations and enjoys a high rate of employee happiness, in addition to reaping financial benefits such as return on investments in energy savings and health care costs.
QBP’s Middletown location currently employs 55 fulltime and 44 seasonal workers and Smith anticipates hiring more as the new facility ramps up over the next three years. “We’ll be staffing a regional customer service call center, and an accounts receivable department at our new location,” he said. The new facility will include indoor and outdoor bike racks, showers and lockers, and other amenities that encourage employees to bike to work, and the company will work with East Hempfield Township and county of Lancaster to develop bike and walking paths.