VARGO®, a leading provider of material-handling systems integration, warehouse execution software and equipment solutions for major fulfillment and distribution centers, has announced plans to expand its operations in the Columbus Region, investing approximately $4 million and creating 24 new jobs. Hiring for software, engineering, logistics and business analysts will begin in Q4 2021.
VARGO® plans to move its Dublin Tech Center and Hilliard operations to a new location at 5555 Frantz Road in Dublin. Dublin City Council approved an economic development agreement with the company at its Sept. 27, 2021, meeting.
The project expects to create 34 new employee positions within Dublin by December 31, 2027. The Economic Development Agreement proposed is a payroll performance withholding incentive of up to $163,972 and a $50,000 facilities acquisition grant.
When determining where to expand, VARGO® evaluated numerous options to further expand its presence including in Austin, but decided to do so in Dublin. The company’s recent growth is partially driven by the pandemic’s impact on ecommerce and VARGO®’s industry-leading e-commerce solutions.
In response, VARGO® is preparing to meet this increased forecasted demand for its technology solutions by expanding its key operations into a collaborative, tech-savvy office environment in Dublin.
“Consolidating our team in Central Ohio will enhance internal communication, facilitate more idea generation and promote teamwork, and Dublin was the perfect place for that comradery and collaboration to happen,” said VARGO® President and COO Bart Cera. “Since establishing operations in the Columbus region 50 years ago, VARGO® has found ongoing success in part because of the Columbus market’s long-time strength in the technology and logistics sectors. VARGO® will continue to tap into the Region’s strong history of innovation in those sectors as we scale our operations even further.”
“VARGO® uses cutting edge technical solutions to improve material handling operations for retailers, manufacturers, wholesale and e-commerce distributors,” said Economic Development Administrator Eric Meyer. “Its expansion and consolidation in Dublin helps grow the city’s presence in information technology and logistics. We welcome them to their new headquarters in the city and know they will thrive here along with our growing tech cluster.”