Leading outdoor apparel firm Columbia Sportswear Co on Thursday said its new $40 million footwear distribution centre in the Mid-West will be based in Henderson, Kentucky.

The Oregon-based company said the 428,000-square foot centre will create 90 jobs in 2005 with a further 110 positions expected to be generated over the next few years.

The new warehouse will serve footwear stores in the eastern and mid-western United States.