For Drew Eakins, glove company Hestra’s decision to relocate to Arvada couldn’t have been better news. Not only had Eakins been keeping an eye on the Sweden-based company, he said, the new …
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For Drew Eakins, glove company Hestra’s decision to relocate to Arvada couldn’t have been better news. Not only had Eakins been keeping an eye on the Sweden-based company, he said, the new headquarters also went up less than three miles from the outdoor enthusiast’s home.
“It was really exciting just to have everything I wanted to do right here in Arvada,” said Eakins, who started working as the company’s marketing manager after the headquarters’s relocation. “I’m lucky to work in this industry, and in my own town.”
Eakins wasn’t the only one to benefit from the change, with a handful of his fellow Arvada residents and Hestra employees also moving into the company’s new U.S. headquarters this summer.
Located at 12425 W. 54th Dr., the newly constructed building is almost twice the size of the company’s previous national headquarters in Golden. The Arvada building offers more than 5,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of warehouse space, said Hestra U.S. president Dino Dardano.
Selling in 26 countries and more than 6,000 retailers, the global company has left no angle of the glove market unexplored, specializing in winter sports gloves, work industrial gloves and high fashion gloves, he said.
“We only do one thing, so we have to touch on all areas of opportunity,” he said. “We go from True Value Hardware to Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.”
With the company managing all of its national business from the Colorado town, operations manager Traci Hagel-Pitt said she looks forward to seeing the global presence settle into Arvada.
“I’ve lived in Arvada for over 20 years. It’s awesome that I can drive five to 10 minutes to get to work now,” she said. “I’m excited for Arvada.”
The company will manage sales and distribution from the new facility, in addition to storing products in the warehouse.
“We’re going to be doing a fair amount of hiring here in the fall,” Dardano said, referring to the seven seasonal warehouse positions that will run from September to late winter.
“We’re definitely trying to hire locally,” he said. “It makes sense for us to look for people who want to come back year after year.”
Eakins added that the company will hire a full-time analyst, as well, with the bigger building allowing Hestra to grow its staff.
The location will also hold a grand opening on July 19 for key partners and dignitaries with a silent auction to benefit Friends Colorado, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing bullying in schools.
For the employees of Hestra, the July event will present an opportunity to learn more about the new community and show their dedication to their Colorado home.
“With the panoramic views of the Front Range, the G Line and the proximity to I-70, we feel this is an up-and-coming area,” Dardano said. “That’s why we set our roots here.”
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