You 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
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.