Nebraska-based online retailer Spreetail is opening shop in downtown Austin, with plans to hire dozens of workers in the next year.
The company, based in Lincoln, Neb., sells home and garden products online, from vacuum cleaners and blenders to lawnmowers and leaf blowers.
Spreetail aims to hire 100 employees in Austin in the first year and expects additional growth beyond that, said CEO Brett Thome.
“Austin seemed like a phenomenal city to branch into,” Thome said. “What drew us is the talent pipeline that’s here and the other companies that are here. We’re looking forward to tapping into that and being part of it.”
When the company decided to expand operations, it considered Austin and Boston, Thome said.
“We knew there was e-commerce talent in both cities, but we loved the vibe of Austin and felt it was a better fit,” he said.
The company is hiring in Austin for positions in engineering, product management, marketing, merchandising and human resources.
Spreetail has leased 21,000 square feet in the James H. Robertson building at 416 Congress Ave., which it plans to occupy in late 2018. In the meantime, the company is operating out of the WeWork space on Barton Springs Road.
Founded in 2006, Spreetail is self-funded and currently has about 400 employees across offices in Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., and fulfillment centers in Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
During the first half of 2018, Spreetail has added 172 employees, opened its fifth fulfillment center, announced an expansion into Omaha and increased its Lincoln headquarters.
The company is a reseller of other brands, which it offers on a number of platforms including Google, Amazon and Walmart as well as its own site.
Spreetail doesn’t disclose specific financial data, but Thome said the company posted a 70 percent revenue year-over-year increase in 2017 and is profitable.
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