Reno, NV (Aug. 13, 2015) – The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) is pleased to announce four new companies that recently relocated to the Reno area. Collectively, they will add up to 55 new jobs to the local economy.

Among the reasons for choosing the Reno area to relocate were lower operating costs, business-friendly environment and proximity to large West Coast customer base.

Meri Meri – designs and distributes design led party supplies, stationery, greeting cards and gift items that are sold worldwide to individual consumers and the finest retail stores. Meri Meri is opening a new distribution center on Aircenter Circle in Reno and expects to hire 10 employees.  The company is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area and operates its European sales and design office in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

“Meri Meri outgrew its current distribution facility in Silicon Valley a few years ago. In looking at options that included many different parts of California as well as Las Vegas and Reno, we decided on moving our distribution center to Reno to realize a significant cost savings over all of the sites in California,” said Jeff Schalk, CEO. “Some of our employees plan to make the move to Reno along with our new facility, motivated by a better standard of living compared to the Bay Area”.

Business partners involved in this project include, Dickson Commercial Group, Scott Shanks and Joel Fountain, ITS Logistics, Kasia Wenker and Ken Tavener, Nevada Job Connect, John Parel.

Indy Hanger – a manufacturer of high quality, “no rust”, industrial grade, galvanized hangers that are environmentally-friendly fabricated. Their dedication to quality has earned them a loyal consumer and industrial market base. Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Indy Hanger will be opening its doors on Spice Island Drive in Sparks and plans to begin shipping in September. The company expects to hire 20 employees.

Business partner involved in this project is NAI Alli