Scores of new jobs are being created by a Wearside warehousing specialist as part of the largest-ever overseas project for Japan-based parent company Vantec Corporation.
Vantec Europe Ltd is building a second major warehouse in Sunderland, a £23m building which will bring 120 new jobs to the region.
Groundworks have started for the 436,000sqft warehouse and office building at the new Sunderland City Council-owned Hillthorn Business Park, Sunderland, which is set to be completed in December.
Vantec, which already employs 1,000 people on Wearside, will begin recruiting at the beginning of 2016 for the site, which is the largest of Vantec’s three sites in Sunderland.
Martin Kendall, managing director of Vantec Europe, said: “This is another major new project for Vantec and a great vote of confidence in our Sunderland operations from our parent companies Vantec Corporation and Hitachi Transport System.
“The investment in this new warehouse next to the Nissan car plant will underpin our position as the largest supplier of ‘Just In Time’ logistics to Nissan Sunderland plant.”
The size and location of the new build has been designed to support the long term strategic goals of Nissan, its main client.
As well as suppling warehousing and logistics to Nissan Sunderland, the firm also serves Komatsu UK in Birtley and Cummins Engines, Darlington.
Sunderland City Council and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership have provided support for the new warehouse.
Coun Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “The commitment, hard work and growth strategy behind this new project for Vantec is a great example of Sunderland and the wider region’s dynamism and ability to lead the country in key sectors.
“Our ambitions for Sunderland to become Europe’s automotive hub are strengthened by this development, and it illustrates the continuing success of our Business investment team in attracting and securing major investments from global companies to the city, creating jobs and a remarkably strong automotive sector. The long-term relationships we build with businesses and investors underpin many thriving enterprises, now going from strength to strength.”
Paul Woolston, chair of the North East LEP said: “It’s excellent news that Vantec Europe continues to grow strongly, and I’m delighted this new project is now under way.
“Vantec’s million sq ft of warehousing in Sunderland is a great illustration of the vigour and ambition of the region’s automotive sector, and the success of both Vantec and Nissan in competitive global markets.”
James Wharton, Northern Powerhouse Minister and Stockton South MP, will be in Sunderland to oversee groundworks getting under way.
He added: “This is great news for Sunderland and shows the potential we have to attract businesses and create jobs.
“It illustrates the confidence of firms in the area and I hope it is one of many more significant investments to come.
“Supporting businesses and giving hard-working people the skills they need to succeed is at the heart of our long-term economic plan and we are determined to ensure more businesses can thrive across our region.”