VARGO® Expands Operations in the Columbus Region, Investing $4 Million


Monday, October 11, 2021

Columbus, Ohio – 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. 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 e-commerce 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.”
 
As digitization takes hold and customer expectations evolve, logistics companies face unprecedented change. However, VARGO®’s real-time solutions continue to solve complex distribution challenges for its customers. In fact, VARGO® is the only company that offers COFE® (Continuous Order Fulfillment Engine), which was the first and remains the most advanced Warehouse Execution System. COFE® excels in complex e-commerce distribution environments through its ability to synchronize and sequence all the work necessary, in real-time, across all the fulfillment work resources (people, process and technologies). The company also has operations in Mason, OH, Berkeley, CA, and Austin, TX.
 
“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.”
 
Technology operations in the Columbus Region are deep and diverse, spanning industries such as logistics, finance and more. The Columbus Region is a global logistics hub that supports some of the world’s largest brands and top logistics service providers, making it a critical link in industrial and consumer supply chains. The Region’s location gives companies access to more of the U.S. population and employment base than any other major metro, providing unmatched accessibility. Within a day’s drive, you can reach 151 million people and 42,100 headquarters – that’s 46 percent of the country’s population base and 48 percent of headquarter operations.
 
“With innovative Central Ohio-based technology companies like VARGO®, we will continue to see a generational opportunity to build upon successful expansions like this project and especially in the e-commerce and warehousing industries as they evolve and grow,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef.
 
About VARGO®
VARGO® is a team of mechanical and software engineers changing e-commerce operations by designing fulfillment solutions differently than anyone else in the industry. For nearly five decades, VARGO® has worked with manufacturers, distributors and leading retailers — such as American Eagle, Gap Inc., Fashion Nova, Forever 21 and numerous 3PL’s — to improve their e-commerce operations and material handling systems, increase processing capacities and reduce order cycle times. VARGO® uses its proven, pull-based methodologies to create intelligent solutions for fulfillment centers and continues to be a leader in its industry by integrating robotics and automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) into its solutions. VARGO® is the only company that offers COFE® (Continuous Order Fulfillment Engine), the software that does for fulfillment what Lean did for manufacturing. For more information, visit www.vargosolutions.com.
 
About City of Dublin, Ohio
Dublin is a city of nearly 50,000 residents located just northwest of Columbus, Ohio. It offers residents and corporate citizens responsive services, attractive housing, superior public education, direct regional highway access, abundant park space, thoughtful and strategic planning, innovative ideas and technology and a dynamic community life. Dublin is consistently ranked one of the safest cities in the nation and in 2015 was named one of America’s Top 20 Creative Class Cities. It is home to more than 20 corporate headquarters, an entrepreneurial center, 4,300+ businesses, world-class events and the urban, walkable Bridge Street District. For more information, visit DublinOhioUSA.gov or call 614-410-4400.
 
About JobsOhio
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
 
About One Columbus
As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future, and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.
 
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One Columbus
Amy Harman
614-225-6070
 
VARGO®
Bart Cera
 
VARGO®

Bart Cera, COO & CFO
614-876-1163

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