Griffin has announced it will open a new service center in Aurora, CO, in February. The 18,500 square-foot facility will become the 15th branch location for Griffin, and the company’s first hard-goods distribution center west of Pennsylvania.
“For several years, Griffin has been working to bring our complete product offering to customers nationwide,” says Craig Hyslip, Chief Operating Officer at Griffin. “Establishing a distribution center in Colorado is a logical next step in our progression toward that goal.”
While Griffin has had live-goods representation in Colorado for many years, the company began establishing roots in hard-goods at the beginning of 2016, with the hiring of Bob Conner as its first hard-goods sales representative in the area.
“The response has been fantastic, and the territory has developed quickly,” Hyslip says. “Growers in Colorado are seeing the benefits of our integrated solutions. We’re eager to strengthen our connection to these customers, and to be able to serve them with greater speed and efficiency through a local distribution center.”
Inventory at the new Aurora branch will focus primarily on hard goods, along with select retail products. The product mix will include grower staples such as containers, growing media, fertilizers, chemical controls, and coverings. Specific items and vendors will cater to the needs and preferences of growers in the Rocky Mountain region.
John Hyslip will oversee the Aurora branch as Western Regional Operations Manager for Griffin. He comes to the role with several years of site management experience, having previously served as branch manager for the Griffin facility in Cheshire, CT. Prior to that, he was warehouse manager for the company’s Morgantown, PA, branch.