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Belz Enterprises: Belz Helps Top Retailer to Make a Home in Memphis, Provides Economic Boost to Surrounding Community

Logistics Distribution Warehousing 2007
It was another win for the Memphis community when it was announced in the spring of 2007 that Nike, the global athletic shoe and apparel powerhouse, had purchased 125 acres in Belz' Northridge Industrial Park. Nike will use the land to build a 1 million-square-foot, $107 million footwear distribution center, incorporating employees from both its existing Memphis facility and from a second distribution center in Wilsonville, Oregon. The new facility will give an economic boost to the Frayser area in North Memphis, providing 244 jobs.

What made this deal come to life? Nike credits Northridge's strategic proximity to air, rail, road, and water shipping channels. The location in Memphis, called North America's Distribution Center, provides cost efficiencies of more then $200 million, while reducing Nike's shipping times and increasing service capabilities.

"Nike is pleased to increase its investment in the Memphis community with this state-of-the-art facility," says Nick Athanasakos, vice president of Nike Supply Chain. "This distribution center will be great for our employees, retail customers, and consumers, while expediting our time to market."

The Memphis and Shelby County Industrial Development Board worked with Belz and Nike to secure the purchase, approving a payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) freeze that saved Nike $21 million. The agreement was based upon the anticipated job creation and capital investment.

"The collaboration of Belz, Nike, and the city, county and state government is a winning combination for all involved," says Andrew J. Groveman, senior vice president, Belz. "Belz is proud to work with Nike, a major employer and strong corporate citizen of Memphis, and pleased to provide the company with such a logistically opportune facility at Northridge Industrial Park."

A growing number of companies have realized the logistical benefits of having a facility in Memphis. Anchored by Memphis International Airport, the world's busiest cargo airport for the last 15 consecutive years, Memphis also is home to the third-largest rail center and the fourth-largest inland port in the United States. The global headquarters for FedEx and International Paper are located in Memphis, along with several other Fortune 500 companies, including AutoZone, Inc.

"Memphis' supreme location and reputation for logistical excellence make it an essential city for some of the world's best companies," says Groveman. "Industrial parks like Northridge capitalize on the city's geography and insure tenants have everything they need to do business effectively in a state-of-the-art atmosphere.

Andrew J. Groveman, senior vice president
Belz Enterprises
100 Peabody Place, Ste. 400
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 260-7400 Fax: (901) 260-7378

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