New Nike distribution centre in Limburg

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Sporting goods manufacturer Nike has broken ground on a new distribution centre in Ham in southeast Limburg province

Nike's new distribution centre expected to create 500 jobs

Sporting goods manufacturer Nike has broken ground on a new distribution centre in Ham in southeast Limburg province, with the promise of 500 new jobs. The centre will distribute sports shoes to wholesalers; retailers, including Decathlon and Foot Locker; and online customers across Europe.
 

Nike already has a distribution centre in nearby Laakdal (pictured), one of the largest in Europe at 210,000 square metres, as well as a logistics centre in Herentals. In total, 2,300 people already work for Nike in Flanders.

The Flemish government has agreed to provide €4 million in subsidy – €2 million for staff training support and €2 million for environmental investment. “Today sees the opening of a new chapter in the story of Nike in Flanders,” said minister-president Kris Peeters. “This project proves once more than Flanders is the logistical heart of Europe. There’s a reason we’re home to more than 700 European distribution centres. The Flemish government aims to keep on encouraging and supporting that trend.”

Construction of the new centre, with a floor area of 40,000 square metres, will begin in the new year and complete in 2016. The existing centre in Laakdal runs on solar and wind energy, and the company says it will conform to the requirements of sustainable enterprise and green design in the new centre, as well.

Among other features, it will make maximum use of the adjacent Albert Canal to transport by water the equivalent of 14,000 truckloads of merchandise a year.

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