The investment is being made in a bid to support the growth of Gap

The investment is being made in a bid to support the growth of Gap

US apparel giant Gap Inc is to invest US$69m upgrading and expanding its Hudson Valley distribution centre.

The upgrade, which will include the purchase of new machinery and equipment, is being made in a bid to support the growth of the company. The investment is expected to create up to 1,200 new jobs over the next five years.

Empire State Development is providing the company with up to $12m in tax credits tied to job creation and investment commitments.

Senior vice president of global logistics for Gap, Shawn Curran, said: "As Gap Inc. continues to grow we are expanding our Northeast distribution capacity through infrastructure investment. With $96m in capital investment and the addition of 1,200 new jobs by June of 2019, Fishkill will continue to be a priority for us.

"Our Fishkill Distribution Center Campus serves a vital role for us in providing great service to our customers throughout the Northeast and we are thrilled with the growth opportunity for the community."