Business expansion
Vlaams Gewest; Prov. Antwerpen;
Location of affected unit(s)
Laakdal, Ham and Herentals
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.10 - Warehousing and storage

539 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
15 December 2015
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Nike is recruiting 539 extra employees at its distribution centres in Laakdal, Ham and Herentals. The centres deal with the distribution of sports products to Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Some 430 of the new employees wil be hired for the picking, packing and shipping of the sports products. Another 40 new employees, having a bachelors or masters degree, are being hired as managers. Finally, also extra planners, maintenance technicians and IT technicians/professionals are being hired.

The Trade Union BBTK reacted positively to the announcement of extra jobs, as the region has suffered from major restructuring job losses in recent years (closure of Ford Genk, Heinz Turnhout and steady job losses at Philips).


  • 16 December 2015: De Standaard
  • 16 December 2015: De Tijd


Eurofound (2015), Nike, Business expansion in Belgium, factsheet number 85989, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/85989.