US apparel giant VF Corp is investing US$52m in a new distribution centre in Pennsylvania in a move to help it improve speed to market in northeastern America.

The Jonestown-based centre will create around 175 jobs over the next three years and is expected to open in early 2019. VF is leasing the 50,000sq ft facility to support the distribution of its Vans, The North Face and Timberland brands.

"As our direct-to-consumer business continues to grow, we see the consumer-focused opportunity to expand our distribution operations so that we can more quickly service our consumers in the northeastern US," says Steve Rendle, VF's chairman, president and CEO. "Jonestown is the ideal place for our new distribution centre and warehouse given its skilled workforce and geographic location."

VF's lease will begin in July and the company expects to begin hiring in mid-2018. The new jobs will include full-time positions in the distribution centre and adjacent office location, and will include a variety of roles, including operations, human resources, shipping and logistics, maintenance, safety, managerial, and clerical, among others.