Mar 5, 2010

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How It All Started

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Established in 1990, Europa Sports Products started simply enough like most small businesses. It was a pull yourself up by the bootstraps type of company started by Jeff Compton, COO and Eric Hillman, CEO. No strangers to the industry, Jeff and Eric have been competing in bodybuilding and taking supplements since the early 80’s.

The reasons for starting Europa were simple as Jeff describes it,  “In 1990, my colleague and good friend Eric Hillman, our CEO, and I were sales reps for a supplement company and found ourselves limited to only what they had to offer. These limitations are what helped inspire the philosophy of Europa Sports Products, as we wanted existing and all potential customers to have a much larger variety of supplements and product lines to choose from. Our goal for Europa was to be THE “one-stop-shop”. Our mission today, as it was when we started, is to supply our customers with great service, knowledge, a wide variety of choices and do whatever it takes to be the best supplement distribution company in the industry.”

With that goal in mind Europa Sports Products was born and the rest is history. Europa has evolved from 1 brand based in Charlotte, NC to proudly distributing over 200 brands of sports supplements and 7 locations operating throughout the nation. Keep reading for more information on the evolution of Europa Sports Products.

19901990 First Warehouse in Charlotte, NC 

Europa Sports Products moves into a 3000 sq. ft. warehouse on Pressley Road in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 employees and one line of supplements. 
19911991 First Truck Route 

Europa Sports Products’ first truck route is created. Europa expands from 3,000 sq. ft to 6,000 sq. ft. and grows to 10 employees. 
19931993 First Arnold Classic Exhibit 

Europa Sports Products exhibits at the Arnold Class for the first time and still exhibits each year. 
19961996 More Expansion 

Europa expands to a 15,000 sq. ft. facility and grows to 35 employees. 
19971997 EuropaSports.Com 

Europa Sports Products proudly launches the first company website.

At just over a dozen pages, it included a few featured items, company information, vendor links and an online list of products, stock codes and prices. 
19981998 New Location in Charlotte, NC 

Europa Sports Products moves to a new 33,000 sq. ft. warehouse at 11401 Granite Street. By the end of the year, Europa has over 50 employees and is one of the top 3 distributors in the nation. 
20002000 Europa Southwest Opens in Fresno, CA 

Europa Sports Products goes West in December of 2000. A second facility totaling 40,000 sq. ft. opens in Fresno, CA. 
20022002 Europa West Opens in Mesquite, TX 

Europa Sports Products expands nationally again. A third facility totaling 37,000 sq. ft. opens in Mesquite, TX. 
20032003 Europa FDM Division Created

Europa Sports Products creates new company division dedicated to the Food, Drug and Mass markets.

At this time, Europa Sports is the authorized distributor of 156 lines with 4,000 products. The company occupies almost 150,000 sq. ft. of warehouse and office space in Charlotte, Fresno and Mesquite combined.

20052005 Europa North Opens in Strongsville, OH 

Europa Sports Products opens its 4th facility totaling 40,000 sq. ft. in Strongsville, OH.

15 year anniversary 

Europa celebrates its 15th anniversary.

1st Annual Europa Super Show 

Europa Sports Products sponsors the 1st annual Europa Super Show in Dallas, TX.

20072007 Best Places to Work 

Europa Sports Products is nominated for the “Best Places to Work” by the Charlotte Business Journal and is a top 25 finalist in the medium-sized business category.

Europa Northeast Opens in Windsor, CT 

Europa Sports Products opens 5th facility totaling 50,000 sq. ft. in Windsor, CT.

20082008 Europa Southeast Opens in Orlando, FL 

Europa opens 6th facility totaling 37,000 sq. ft. in Orlando, FL. 
20092009 1st Annual Europa Show of Champions 

Europa Sports Products sponsors the 1st annual Show of Champions in Orlando, FL.

Europa Sports Products now has 6 nationwide centers with over 311,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space and over 290 employees. Europa Sports Products is the authorized distributor of over 4,500 products from over 200 vendors.

20102010 Europa Northwest Opens in Seattle, WA 

Europa opens 7th facility totaling 26,000 sq. ft. in Seattle, WA 

20th Anniversary

Europa celebrates 20 years in business.

Learn more about our history here »

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