Business Facilities July/August 2010 : Page 31

We have what you need. SOUTH major U.S. shipping hub. Also, five major rail networks intersect in Memphis (CSX, Union Pacific, Canadian National, Norfolk Southern and BNSF). Memphis is the fourth largest inland port in the country, handling more than 18 million tons of cargo on the river annually. We also took a look at emerging logistics/distribution growth centers this year, and the Greenville-Spartanburg area of South Carolina jumped to the top of the list when we assessed mid-sized locations. There have been a bevy of major distribution facilities developed in upstate SC recently, the latest being the opening in Spartanburg earlier this year of Adidas’ mas-sive $150 million, 1.9-million-square-foot center, the sporting goods and apparel-maker’s largest and most technologically advanced distribution facility in the world. The new Spartanburg facility employs more than 1,500 people. “At The Adidas Group, we’re passionate about per-formance—in order to get something right you have to create the conditions for it,” said Glen Bennett, head of global operations for The Adidas Group. “That’s what we’re trying to do here in Spartanburg.” The Spartanburg center includes two large distribu-tion buildings that house more than 15 million units of Adidas and Reebok brand apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories. A state-of-the-art Shared Services Center on the eastern edge of the campus will process more than 2 million orders and answer more than 300,000 cus-tomer service calls annually. “This is one more reminder of South Carolina’s per-formance, attracting recruitment, investment and global recognition,” said Gov. Mark Sanford. “The dark days of textiles leaving are behind us. The fact is we have a more diversified economy. It’s a compliment to our workforce and geography, and it bodes well for our future.” Bob Henriques, head of U.S. distribution for The Adidas Group, said 1,100 of the center’s workers are local hires and 130 more distribution and customer serv-ice jobs will be added over the next month. Although the company is using 50 percent of its distribution space, the facility has been built with the ability to expand by another 475,000 square feet as orders for Adidas and Reebok products continue to grow. Adidas, which already shipped 300,000 jerseys and 1.2 million soccer balls to World Cup fans across the globe, completed its $3.8 billion acquisition of Reebok in January 2006. CAROLINA. Everything… LQ RQH DZDUG ZLQQLQJ SDFNDJH Businesses across all industry sectors find what they need to prosper and grow …in South Carolina. In fact, Business Facilities ranked South Carolina: #1 IRU HFRQRPLF JURZWK SRWHQWLDO Business Facilities also ranked South Carolina: #2IRU OHDGHUV LQ ZLQG HQHUJ\ PDQXIDFWXULQJ #3 IRU VWUHQJWK LQ DXWRPRWLYH PDQXIDFWXULQJ #4IRU EHVW EXVLQHVV FOLPDWH #9 IRU OHDGHUV LQ DOWHUQDWLYH HQHUJ\ 0DLQ 6WUHHW 6XLWH &ROXPELD 6& )ROORZ XV DW #1511 at BUSINESS FACILITIES 31

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