Detroit’s MyLocker, a manufacturer and online marketer of custom apparel and products, has expanded its headquarters with a three-story, $14 million production facility in Corktown. The expansion is expected to increase the company’s total employees to 1,200 by 2022, nearly triple its current workforce.
The City of Detroit, Michigan Economic Development Corp., and the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. developed an incentive package that allowed MyLocker to stay in Detroit instead of opening a facility in the western U.S.
“This is another great day for MyLocker and for Detroit,” says Robert Hake, founder, president, and CEO of MyLocker. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to offer more long-term employment, not just jobs, for local residents. MyLocker team members can learn new skills and enjoy a rewarding a career.”
The 120,000-square-foot location includes a high bay area with a robotics picking system. The other half of the building includes three floors of production space. The project replaced an existing one-story, fragmented office building previously located at 1641 and 1661 Porter St., directly behind MyLocker’s original facility. Operations already have begun, and a ribbon cutting ceremony took place Monday.
“With MyLocker’s incredible popularity and growth, Robert Hake could have taken his company anywhere, and he certainly has had offers,” says Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. “The fact that he has committed to expanding his workforce here in Corktown sends a message to other companies that Detroit is a great place to grow your business.”
Established in 1998 in Warren, MyLocker moved to a group of three facilities next to the Trumbull and Porter hotel in Detroit in 2013. It has developed software that provides automation from start to finish of the product customization process.
Nearly 75 percent of MyLocker’s workforce is made up of Detroit residents, and more than two-thirds of its employees are female.
MyLocker can print on-demand from one unit to hundreds of units. It offers custom T-shirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, shoes, leggings, blankets, and more. Services include direct-to-garment printing, dye sublimation, 3-D diffusion printing, and embroidery. Its products can be shipped within one or two days.