Hillman Solutions has completed updates at its Jacksonville, Fla., distribution center. In addition to the expansion of the facility, the updating work created an additional 50 jobs. Hillman said the project caps a 15-year presence in Jacksonville and enables the company to better service retailers in the southeast.

“The original Hillman Jacksonville distribution center is barely recognizable today after a multi-million-dollar investment to expand the footprint of 92,000 square feet to its current 190,000 square feet,” Ben Wilcox, senior director of distribution at Hillman, said in a news release. “The workforce has grown commensurately from nine associates to more than 90 associates and we’re looking to bring on 50 more employees.”

To increase productivity at the facility, Hillman incorporated several automated vehicles to reduce the amount of manual labor needed to move inventory. Additionally, the company incorporated design elements to improve ergonomics for associates, including a raised roof in storage locations to minimize bending.

“We take great pride in the accomplishments we have been able to achieve. It is a testament to the hard work and innovation that each member of the team brings to the job every day,” Wilcox said. “We will continue to create a workplace that values integrity and embraces diversity while maintaining a safe and efficient operation.”

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Hillman is a provider of complete hardware solutions, delivered to over 26,000 locations. The company delivers solutions to home improvement centers, mass merchants, national and regional hardware stores, pet supply stores, and OEM and industrial customers.