The United States Playing Card Co., the company that produces well-known lines of playing cards such as Bicycle and Aviator, will invest more than $30 million over the next two years to establish a new manufacturing, distribution and headquarters campus in Boone County.
The company, which has been located in the Greater Cincinnati city of Norwood, Ohio, since 1901, will relocate to a 570,000-s.f. facility previously used by Gap as a distribution center.
“To continue to compete in the global marketplace over the next 100 years, it was obvious we needed to modernize our equipment and facilities,” said USPC President Phil Dolci. “Over the course of the last year, we conducted an exhaustive search in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky for a new location that would position us to retain our employees and provide the best platform to serve our global customer base in the most efficient manner. The Northern Kentucky location uniquely offers an easily accessible campus for our employees, who live throughout the region, and an existing facility to position us to immediately expand and improve operations and with capacity for future expansion.”
With the project involving more than 500 employees, USPC will be one of the 10 largest manufacturers in the Northern Kentucky region.
The Boone County campus will also serve as the headquarters for Loew-Cornell, a supplier of arts and crafts products that is owned by USPC’s parent company, Jarden Branded Consumables. Loew-Cornell will be moving its corporate functions to Boone County from Englewood, N.J.
USPC will continue to have operations in Cincinnati, including a display of the company’s museum of historical playing cards dating back to the 14th century.