Car parts giant Vantec will create more than 100 new jobs with a third warehouse development on Wearside.
Vantec Europe Ltd’s £23million development in Washington will be the largest-ever overseas project for Japanese parent company Vantec Corporation.
Newly-appointed Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton was on Wearside today to join Vantec Europe managing director Martin Kendall, Sunderland City Council leader Coun Paul Watson and North East Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Paul Woolston at the site.
Groundworks have already started for the 436,000 sq ft warehouse and office building at the new Hillthorn Business Park on Washington, close to the company’s existing warehouse site off the A1231.
The warehouse and office building will be completed in December 2015, and Vantec will begin recruiting for 120 posts in the New Year.
“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,” said Martin Kendall.
“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.”
Sunderland City Council and Vantec have been working on the project for more than a year. The North East LEP is supplying funding from its North East Investment Fund.