12:05 pm September 29, 2010, by Henry Unger
Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, is relocating and expanding its current Georgia distribution operation to McDonough in Henry County — adding about 150 jobs, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.
That will bring its existing workforce to approximately 300, the news release said.
Phillips-Van Heusen, which owns and markets the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide, will move from its existing facility in Austell to the 852,000-square-foot Liberty Distribution Building in McDonough. The company’s new facility will be fully automated and can accommodate an increased workforce, as well as allow for potential expansion of the distribution operations in the future, the release said.
“We look forward to establishing this new facility in McDonough, which will allow us to continue to meet the needs of our growing and expanded retail and wholesale businesses,” Kevin Urban, the company’s executive vice president of Logistics Services, said in a statement. “This automated facility will enhance our ability to ship our products to our stores and retail customers in a timely and cost effective manner.”
The company will begin a “test phase” for the new operation later this year, with a complete build out targeted for 2013, the release said.
The company makes heavy use of seaports in its distribution operations and the move will enable it to double the volume of products through the Port of Savannah, the release said.
“Distribution operations like Phillips-Van Heusen’s thrive in Georgia due in large part to our state’s advanced logistics infrastructure that efficiently connects Georgia businesses to markets around the world,” Gov. Sonny Perdue said in a statement.
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