August 13, 2009

DinoHaven to Host Open House August 14th-15th in Memphis

Depending on this weekend’s outcome, workers in Memphis, MO could be manufacturing hats as well as a full line of apparel.

DinoHaven representatives will host an open house Friday, August 14 and Saturday August 15 at the old Memphis City Hall building, the prospective site of an expansion for the St. Louis area clothing manufacturer. Interviews will begin at noon on Friday.

Owners Chris and Camilla Morrow have been working with city officials the past 18 months regarding a possible expansion of the company to northeast Missouri.

Friday and Saturday’s open house will feature employee interviews as the company seeks to identify a prospective management candidate as well as 4-8 employees.

“The management hire is the key,” said Chris Morrow. “Nothing is definite until we attain that one person who can insure the quality that our customers are looking for.”

Prospective candidates can contact DinoHaven at 314.629.5553 or by e-mail at (For more info see the ad on Page 13.)

What started as a home business in 2001 has expanded to include the 3,000 square foot Pacific, MO main office, a St. Louis retail store and virtual outlets all across the U.S. and Europe via the company’s Internet presence.

The initial line of four fleece hats has grown exponentially, with the company branching out into a variety of other custom apparel, which has spurred the possible expansion to Memphis.

The company is looking for four to eight season employees for a pilot program in Memphis. The two facilities (Memphis and Pacific) would be running simultaneously with the possibility eventually transferring more of the manufacturing to the Memphis site and transforming the Pacific facility into a customer service and product design office for the growing company.

Morrow indicated the company hopes to hire the lead employee for Memphis sometime in the first part of September, adding the additional staff later in the month or in early October.

“This is a pilot program, which means we will be dependent on external companies as well, including shipping and our ‘accessory’ items – embroidery and screen printing,” Chris said. “Our volume during peak time, Mid-October to January is around 50-100 custom hat packages a day.”

Morrow stressed, that while the company is seasonal, there is a huge push to hit all seasons.

“DinoHaven has invested a large amount of resources in supporting a summer line,” he said. “This is our first step to support a facility all year.”

A sneak peak at this transition can be found at Morrow indicated the company hopes to go live with the new DinoHaven, LLC, on September 1.

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