Governor Wolf Announces VF Corporation to Expand into Pennsylvania, Creating More Than 175 New Jobs
January 18, 2018
Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that VF Corporation (VF), a provider of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear, and accessories, will expand into in Jonestown, Lebanon County, creating more than 175 new jobs.
“Originally founded in Pennsylvania, VF has a long history in our state,” said Governor Wolf. “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.”
VF will lease a 500,000-square-foot facility in Jonestown to serve as a distribution center for products in its Vans®, The North Face® and Timberland® brands. VF plans to invest up to $52 million into the project, which will create more than 175 new jobs over the next three years.
“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 U.S.,” said Steve Rendle, chairman, president, and CEO of VF. “Jonestown is the ideal place for our new distribution center 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.”
VF received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for $358,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $48,600 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.
The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels.