Blair picking up 40 jobs from Ariz.

Orchard Brands Corporation, the parent company of Warren based Blair, today announced that it will be consolidating its Arizona Mail Order (AMO) business, currently located in Tucson, Ariz., to Warren resulting in the creation of approximately 40 full-time jobs at Blair’s Warren headquarters. The brands being transitioned from Tucson to Warren are Old Pueblo Traders and Bedford Fair.

Commenting on the announcement, Jim Fogarty, CEO of Orchard Brands, said “Combining the strengths of our AMO and Blair businesses will better position us to deliver our customer mission – providing superior product and service to our customers. We hope key members of the AMO Team will transition with us to Warren, and join our very talented Blair team to take our businesses forward together to much success.”

“Transitioning these businesses to Warren is a direct result of the record of excellence the Blair team has demonstrated over the years in growing a profitable business, servicing our customers and, more recently, the customers of other Orchard Brands companies,” said Dave Walde, Blair President and Chief Executive Officer. “Support from the community and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry has been instrumental in Orchard Brands’ continued success in northwestern Pennsylvania.”

Orchard Brands plans to transition the AMO business and associated jobs to Warren beginning in September, aiming to complete the process by the beginning of November.