LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The City of Longview, Gregg County and the clothing company Gap have announced an agreement to bring a $140 million investment to town.
Gap says they anticipate the new distribution center will create more than 500 full-time jobs in Longview by the end of 2023 and grow to more than 1,000 full-time jobs in the city over the next five years. The company also expects to create more than 1,000 part-time and seasonal jobs by 2026.
The Longview City Council has approved the resolution in a meeting on Wednesday.
Wayne Mansfield, president and CEO of Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO), outlined details of the project during Tuesday’s meeting.
Gregg County commissioners also approved the deal during its regularly scheduled meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The $140 million investment includes an 850,000 sq. ft. building in the North Business Park of Longview that would serve as an e-commerce fulfillment center.
“This is a different project, one that I see as certainly shaping as the future for industry in that this is not a typical distribution center, although distribution is a component,” Mansfield said.
“We’re excited about the opportunity that brings to our community,” he added.
The motion passed 7-0.
The company’s contraction team is in Longview to meet with the city’s development services to begin preliminary discussions for permit approvals, Mansfield explained, and the company has expressed its intentions to hire as many subcontractors and vendors as they possibly can.
Mansfield added that construction would also bring close to two year’s worth of hotel night stays in the city for workers during the term of the project, and “for an industry that’s been hit hard over the last year, that’s a welcome news for sure.”
“This is something unprecedented in our community; this is not something we’ve ever seen before or happened,” Longview Mayor Andy Mack added. “The City of Longview is going to be just as shocked as I am about what kind of opportunity this is for our community. It’s something unlike anything we’ve seen before.”
GAP Vice-President Kevin Koonce says GAP distribution centers have some of the most automated warehouses in the world, but will still be run by people. And this is the first ground-up facility they have built in 20 years.
Gregg County Pct. 2 Commissioner Darryl Primo released a statement following Wednesday’s announcement:
“I am pleased to support this historic agreement that could bring over 1200 new jobs to Longview and Gregg County. Few things are as important to our area as Economic Growth and our teams have been working hand-in-hand the last few weeks to take this important step in our future.
Jobs and payroll are particularly important as people have lost employment due to the pandemic and disruptions in the oil and gas industries and are looking for long-term stable employment opportunities.
In addition, there should be an expected windfall for Longview ISD as they could reap new property tax revenue and added value for the school system. Couple this with the multiplier effect of hundreds of new jobs and you get a long term boost for citizens and to our local economy.