Matt Trice, left, vice president of economic development programs for Albany technical College, completes an agreement with Matin Polo, center, CEO of PowerSports Plus LLC, for ATC to train new employees for Outdoor Network, which will bring an expected 112 new jobs to Albany. Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of economic development programs with Georgia Quick Start, participated in the signing on June 25, 2012, at Albany Tech.
ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission announced Monday that Outdoor Network, one of the largest online suppliers of parts and accessories for marine and powersports enthusiasts, will relocate its Internet fulfillment center to Albany, creating an estimated 112 jobs.
Outdoor Network currently operates a retail operation in Albany known as Powersports Plus, selling motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, parts and maintenance.
From Albany, Outdoor Network will obtain customer orders and fulfill those orders for shipment throughout the world, said Martin Polo, CEO of Powersports Plus, LLC. Work force training for Outdoor Network will be provided by Georgia Quick Start through Albany Technical College.
According to Polo, the process to bring the distribution center to Albany began in earnest after Tom D’Azevedo, owner of Outdoor Network, attended the 2012 Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany, co-sponsored by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.
D’Azevedo was impressed with hunt, according to Polo, saying he’d never before encountered such a “warm, inviting business climate” as he’d experienced in Georgia.
Ted Clem, president of the Albany-Dougherty EDC, said the telecommunications infrastructure and low cost of doing business and four-lane highway connectivity make the community an ideal location for Outdoor Network’s Internet distribution center.
“We’d been in (Lake Placid) Florida for the past 12 years, but after the quail hunt Tom (D’Azevedo) brought his enthusiasm back to the team,” said Polo.
“We were really impressed with the level of professionalism shown by everyone involved here. The seriousness of the communication with all the community leaders is something we’d never seen before. It’s not easy to impress Tom.”
Later in the program there was an official signing by Polo, Trice and Jackie Rohosky, assistant commissioner of Economic Development Programs and Georgia Quick Start, sealing the agreement for the Albany Technical College Quick Start program to provide work force training for new employees of the center.
According to Polo, Outdoor Network has purchased a 27,000 square foot structure on Seminole Lane off South Slappey Boulevard. While no specific timetable was given as to when the jobs will be filled, Polo said he expects significant movement “within the next few weeks.”