Hallmark is investing in Clay County with a new, 850,000 square foot facility in Liberty.
The Kansas City-based company broke ground on the new facility Oct. 6. “Hallmark’s decision to grow in Missouri is a true testament to our state’s position as a leader in distribution and logistics,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Our strategic location in the center of the United States provides companies like Hallmark with easy access to global markets. We are proud to be the home of Hallmark’s headquarters, and we will continue to provide Missouri businesses with the tools they need to be successful in the state.”
The new facility is an expansion of the current Liberty distribution center, one of the largest buildings under one roof in the world. It will grow the company’s footprint in Liberty by 50 percent.
“This expansion is an incredible milestone for our business, and we are excited about the potential this unlocks for us in the years to come,” said Scott Collignon, Hallmark’s Vice President of Logistics. “We will create new job opportunities, as well as new capabilities to meet the expectations of our customers who continue to shop for our products in-stores and online.”
Liberty sits just outside of Kansas City and provides companies like Hallmark with a central location to help products reach customers quickly and efficiently. During the groundbreaking, local real estate developers explained that there is still room for other companies to join the growing list of businesses in Liberty.
“Opus is excited to be working on Liberty Heartland Logistics Center, a multi-building Class A development which will meet the demand for additional industrial space in the Northland market,” said Joe Downs, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Opus, a partner in the project. “Hallmark will occupy Building A, an 847,475-square-foot distribution center, to optimize its operations. Buildings B and C include a 572,000 square feet cross dock building and a 239,000 square feet rear load building, respectively. Each can be customized for a prospective tenant’s needs.”
Newmark Zimmer assisted Hallmark with the site selection process for this new facility. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Hallmark’s first Liberty distribution center, and the new one is slated to open in 2023.