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Music distributor Redeye returning to Orange County roots in May

Tor Hansen and Glenn Dicker started Redeye Distribution in 1996 a spare room in Carrboro and founded Yep Roc Records the next year. Redeye Distribution, based in Haw River, will be moving in May to a new headquarters in Hillsborough.
Tor Hansen and Glenn Dicker started Redeye Distribution in 1996 a spare room in Carrboro and founded Yep Roc Records the next year. Redeye Distribution, based in Haw River, will be moving in May to a new headquarters in Hillsborough. Contributed

Music company Redeye, which started in Carrboro, will return to Orange County in May.

The company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with an expansion to a newly purchased facility at 505 Eno St. in Hillsborough. They’re in the market for a few new warehouse employees now, Redeye spokeswoman Lellie Capwell said, and could add up to 10 jobs over the next three years.

The Hillsborough building is 90,000 square feet with 28-foot-high ceilings and seven loading docks, officials said Wednesday, giving Redeye four times the space it now has in Haw River. The company moved to Alamance County in 2006.

It will provide offices for 51 of the company’s 67 employees – the rest are around the world – and warehouse space for hundreds of labels, they said. Capwell reports that 80 percent of the company’s business is in the United States.

Aaron Freeman, chief operating officer, said the company is grateful for the help that Orange County’s Economic Development Department provided in the relocation.

“We are excited to move our headquarters to Hillsborough and back to Orange County, where it all began for us as a company 20 years ago,” Freeman said. “It’s important that we provide a workplace and infrastructure that can support continued growth and allow us to increase the value we bring to our artists and label partners while attracting and retaining our best assets – our employees.”

Redeye is tentatively planning a grand opening with performances from some of its artists on May 23, Capwell said.

Redeye is one of the largest independent digital and physical music distributors in North America. Music labels include Acony Records, Barsuk, Burger Records, Daptone, Kill Rock Stars, Ninja Tune, Warp and Yep Roc Records, and artists include Death Cab for Cutie to Iris Dement, Nick Lowe, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Gillian Welch.

Tor Hansen and Glenn Dicker started Redeye Distribution in 1996 in a spare room in Carrboro and founded Yep Roc Records the next year. Redeye now has offices in North Carolina, Berlin, London, Toronto, Sydney, New York, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle. Services include music labeling, marketing, manufacturing and distribution.

Dicker still lives in Chapel Hill, while Hansen runs the operation from Berlin, Capwell said.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

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