The Step2 Co. is expanding its manufacturing base with its acquisition of manufacturing, distribution, and shipping assets for its new facility in Decatur, Georgia.
Step2’s Decatur location opened this summer in an effort to meet increasing demand for the Ohio-based company’s signature line of rotationally molded toys and home products.
“Families are spending more time at home during this pandemic,” says Tony Ciepiel, CEO, Step2. “As such, many are looking for a variety of active indoor and outdoor play experiences for children while also seeking outdoor comforts to entertain and relax at home. The acquisition of these roto-molding machines and other manufacturing and operational equipment will help us meet this demand and stimulate the U.S. economy in the process.”
Roto-molding veteran Chris Price is leading the new Decatur plant, which has been producing home goods and toys such as the Neat & Tidy Cottage since July. Step2 says it plans to hire approximately 150-175 employees to fill out roles in Decatur, in addition to around 100 new employees at its plants in Streetsboro, Ohio, near Cleveland.
“The already-established and proven Cleveland operating standards and processes are being implemented in Decatur to support a quick start-up and ensure consistency in our employee experience and our manufacturing quality,” Ciepiel adds.