VF Corp. said it plans to open a new distribution center in Jonestown, Penn. that will add more than 175 new full-time jobs to the area.

The distribution center — a leased 500,000-square-foot facility — is slated to be fully operational in early 2019 and will support the distribution of products for the firm’s Vans, The North Face and Timberland brands. The addition of the new jobs is expected to occur over the next three years. The apparel giant said it is investing up to $52 million in the new facility.

Steve Rendle, chairman, president and chief executive officer, 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 U.S.”

Rendle said Jonestown was the ideal location “given its skilled workforce and geographic location.”

VF’s lease begins in July, and the company will begin hiring midyear. It expects the new facility to open in early 2019. In addition to the distribution center and warehouse, the site will include adjacent office space for operations, human resources, shipping and logistics and clerical staff, among other departments.

The efforts of the Governor’s Action Team in Pennsylvania helped to facilitate the opening of the new VF facility.

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf noted that VF was originally founded in the state. “We’re please that VF has chosen to expand on this successful foundation…Pennsylvania continues to attract leading, global companies like VF given our exceptional business climate and strong infrastructure.”

Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) said, “This is outstanding news for the people of Berks, Lebanon and Dauphin counties. VF Corp.’s commitment to base a key distribution center in the area will have a very beneficial impact on the area, both economically and with increased employment opportunities. I also applaud their commitment to using an existing facility.”

VF recently announced a new strategic partnership with North Carolina State University where it will open an office on the University’s Centennial Campus. VF’s presence on the campus will help it further its research and innovation goals.

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