Apparel giant VF Corporation has reopened its distribution facility in Hackleburg, two years after it was destroyed in a tornado. 

The facility was completed in February and reopened on Friday (26 April). It is expected to ship 18.3m pieces of clothing by the end of the year, and is forecast to reach 22.6m pieces by the end of 2014.

The new building has a severe weather safe room, designed to hold all employees should a severe storm occur again, and is expected to be LEED-certified. 

It will initially employ 155 people but has the capacity to hire 95 additional workers.