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titleYou know typically being based out of Ohio doesn’t have a lot of upsides. We are normally extremely far away from just about anyone in the industry. There is one exception to this though. You guys may have heard of a company by the name of Systemax, if not you have heard of one of their subsidiaries, Tiger Direct. Systemax’s Ohio factory literally is a giant facility in the middle of cornfields and small towns. I don’t think you could get a more stereotypical representation of what Ohio is to most people. That being said, I jumped at the chance to finally get a peek inside of this random factory that I had come across in the past out in the country. 

Systemax Factory Tour

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes


My trip

Typically I wouldn’t even talk about my trip to a factory, but considering the Systemax’s rural location it is worth mentioning. Technically their factory has a Fletcher, Ohio address but it is actually slightly east. To give you an idea of what we are talking about here. The Village of Fletcher has a whopping 474 people as of 2011. Yes that is the nearest place to go, and yes this is a village that is small enough that its Cemetery is 1/3 of the village size. The Systemax facility is actually nearly the same size of the Village of Fletcher when not counting the cemetery as well. Of course I joke about all of this, but I find this to be an interesting location that shows how Systemax handles things. See they were able to build a factory here in the US by keeping costs down and avoiding a large city. They are still close enough to the main interstate system as well as Dayton, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio to make them relevant. In a way this is genius, and this will actually reflect on a few observations that I saw while there as well.

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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #27509 25 Aug 2012 03:07
I paid a visit to Systemax last week, check out what I had to say about their facility.
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Arxon replied the topic: #27511 25 Aug 2012 05:46
wow never knew this.
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renegade replied the topic: #27512 25 Aug 2012 05:51
Nice to see more of the site. I have been up there but only in 1 area. nice article.
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Hasbeen replied the topic: #27513 25 Aug 2012 06:25
Nice facilities they have there. It's like the place I've always wanted to work, and they build computers too :laugh: Odd place to put it though unless your trying to hide from all your enemies.
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #27514 25 Aug 2012 07:00
Ive been heading over there every October for the last 4 years or so. Im actually going to be there to meet our new sales rep and get the great swag that comes with their yearly Symposium. Its a nice facility.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #27515 25 Aug 2012 08:05
see you there :-P
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evildoer replied the topic: #27516 25 Aug 2012 15:31
L0rdG1gabyt3: So you probably saw my eyefinity BF3 beta setup/flight sim last year?

This year I'm thinking like four person deathmatch hosted on one of our servers. Maybe TF2 MvM.

I've got some good vendors coming out this year too.

Corsair, NVIDIA, Asus, and AMD should all be there who haven't been there in the past few years. MSI and Intel will be back as always. Probably forgetting a few guys.

Ultra products (accessories) have been majorly revamped too, there's a keen focus on getting it right. I'm fairly hard to impress, but they have some good guys working on that stuff now.
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #27517 25 Aug 2012 15:54
Funny you should mention it.... I actually missed last year because I was sick! :laugh: But I am all registered and ready to go this year.
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evildoer replied the topic: #27518 25 Aug 2012 16:07
L0rdG1gabyt3 wrote:
Funny you should mention it.... I actually missed last year because I was sick! :laugh: But I am all registered and ready to go this year.

By chance who is your rep/who was your rep?
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trgtprctc replied the topic: #27519 25 Aug 2012 17:00
I never knew they were an Ohio company. I will certainly share that with friends and family looking for a retail system who are interested in supporting the local economy.
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #27530 26 Aug 2012 05:59
evildoer wrote:
L0rdG1gabyt3 wrote:
Funny you should mention it.... I actually missed last year because I was sick! :laugh: But I am all registered and ready to go this year.

By chance who is your rep/who was your rep?
We started with Dennis Osbourn.. He had a midlife and left. Then we had Susie Merrill. She was really great. She just retired, and now we have Belinda ?Connors? (I believe thats her last name.) She seems very nice.
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evildoer replied the topic: #27533 26 Aug 2012 07:18
L0rdG1gabyt3 wrote:
evildoer wrote:
L0rdG1gabyt3 wrote:
Funny you should mention it.... I actually missed last year because I was sick! :laugh: But I am all registered and ready to go this year.

By chance who is your rep/who was your rep?
We started with Dennis Osbourn.. He had a midlife and left. Then we had Susie Merrill. She was really great. She just retired, and now we have Belinda ?Connors? (I believe thats her last name.) She seems very nice.

haha yeah, know them all

All very experienced reps too

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