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Field opens warehouse in Florence

January 20, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – An Illinois-based distribution company, Field, has added a new warehouse in Florence. The global distributor of fasteners expanded to Florence a couple of weeks ago and occupies the former Morning News printing plant on Otis Way.

The company was started in 1976 by Dick Field and is based in Rockford, with a second physical plant in Tyler, Texas, and three additional warehouses in Mexico.

Tim Firm, director of human resources, is in Florence interviewing perspective employees, and said the company will initially employ 12 to 15 people. As business grows, he said, that number is likely to increase.

Firm said the reason for locating to this area is that it puts the company close to its customer base in the Southeast.

“We want to increase our presence in the Southeastern United States,” he said. He said Field serves customers in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, and I-20 will put it in a good place as far as transportation goes.

Its website says “Field is a full-service, data-driven, on-demand engineering partner with a unique, technical approach to inventory management and supply chain solutions for fasteners and other Class ‘C’ items.”

Firm said the company’s value is found in providing customers value-added engineering capabilities in fasteners and fastening and in its vendor management inventory program (VMI).

“We manage our customer’s inventory scan and delivery and make sure they don’t run out of materials,” he said. “It allows us to stay in close contact with our customers and respond to any special needs they may have.”

Firm said if Field’s customers are successful then it will be successful as the suppliers.

He said the company’s mission statement is “To have everyone who interacts with us, love us!”

He said Field has a relationship-based approach to business, and it is reflected in how it works with its customers and suppliers, as well as its relationship as good citizens in the community and as an employer.

“We are excited to be in Florence and get to know this area,” he said.

Firm said the building on Otis Way will be getting a makeover soon.

Currently applications are being taken online.

Rich Rowlett will be the site leader.

For additional information about the company, visit fieldfastner.com.

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