US-based apparel and footwear firm VF Corporation (VF) is planning to open a new distribution centre in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, by next year.
The company will build the new distribution centre with an investment of $52m, which is expected to create more than 175 new full-time jobs in the region over the next three years.
VF chairman, president and CEO Steve Rendle said: “As our direct-to-consumer business continues to grow, we see the consumer-focused opportunity to expand our distribution operations so that we can more quickly service our consumers in the northeastern US.
“Jonestown is the ideal place for our new distribution centre and warehouse given its skilled workforce and geographic location.
“We’re excited about expanding our operations in Pennsylvania and are appreciative of the efforts by the governor’s Action Team to help make today’s announcement possible.”
By leasing out a 500,000ft² facility in Jonestown, the company intends to support the distribution of Vans, The North Face and Timberland brands.
Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf said: “Originally founded in Pennsylvania, VF has a long history in our state.
“We’re pleased that VF has chosen to expand on this successful foundation by bringing more than 175 good-paying jobs to families in Lebanon County. Pennsylvania continues to attract leading, global companies like VF given our exceptional business climate and strong infrastructure.”
The lease period of VF’s new distribution centre will begin from July, and the company intends to commence the hiring process later this year.