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Ohio firm Thirty-One Gifts completes shipping hub move to Flower Mound

An Ohio-based direct sales firm that's moving its distribution hub to North Texas is opening for business.

Thirty-One Gifts announced in November that it was relocating its shipping hub to a 651,000-square foot warehouse north of DFW International Airport in Flower Mound.

The Columbus-based company said it was spending about $20 million to relocate the company's national distribution center from Ohio.

The new distribution center at 951 Garden Ridge Blvd. employs about 650 workers. The company leased the building from developer ProLogis.

"After five months of building renovations, equipment installation and employee hiring, the distribution center is ready to begin operations," Thirty-One Gifts spokesperson Wendy Schwantes said in a statement.

The company sells a line of purses, totes and accessories through a network of 70,000 sales consultants. Thirty-One Gifts corporate headquarters, with about 300 employees, remains in Ohio.

About $15 million will be spent to convert the cavernous facility about six miles from DFW International Airport into the heart of the company's U.S. operation. The facility was previously used by home-hardware maker Kohler.

Earlier this year, the landlord at the company's facility in Columbus opted not to renew the lease, founder and chief executive Cindy Monroe said. "So we started looking for where's our new home" going to be, she added.

Monroe launched the business in her basement in Chattanooga, Tenn., with help from a $10,000 loan from her family and two employees, according to the company's website.

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