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Under Armour Opens One Million-Sq-Ft Distribution Center in Nashville

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Under Armour Nashville distribution center

Under Armour is flexing its recruiting muscle in the South with the opening this week of a 1-million-square-foot distribution and warehouse facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

The activewear company, which raked in third-quarter revenues of $1.2 billion, said it plans to invest more than $100 million and create 1,500-plus jobs in the area over the next five years.

It’s Under Armour’s third distribution center in the U.S.—the others are in Baltimore, Maryland, and Rialto, California—and it’s intended to help deliver product to the brand’s growing customer base both domestically and overseas.

The company could use the extra help. For the three months ended Sept. 30, sales in North America increased 25 percent to $1.1 billion while international revenues rose 52 percent year-over-year. Future plans include building a second facility of similar size next door.

“This really allows us to not have to worry about U.S. distribution for a period of time—and especially having the plan of the additional million square feet if growth exceeds even where [we project] we’re going,” CEO Kevin Plank told Nashville Business Journal.

Some of the new facility’s features include a 12-plus mile conveyor system, automated receiving technology, voice-directed-picking software and advanced sortation methods, not to mention an onsite fitness center for employees.

“We’re excited to open the Nashville Distribution House, which provides us with a great opportunity to grow our U.S.-based team and better service our rapidly expanding customer base,” Jim Hardy, executive vice president of global operations, said in a press release.

Under Armour plans to have nearly 300 employees based at the facility by the end of the year.

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