Business expansion
Vlaams Gewest; Prov. Limburg (B); Arr. Hasselt
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Provision Of Services To The Community As A Whole
84.22 - Defence activities

200 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
4 February 2016
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The army barracks at Zutendaal is to be re-used as a depot for heavy American army equipment. The decision will create an extra 200 to 250 civilian jobs, mainly mechanics, security officers and maintenance staff. The objective is that NATO will be able to react promptly in case of eventual Russian aggression in Eastern Europe. Originally, the Zutendaal army barracks was a NATO-base used by the American army as a depot and reserve airbase. In 2000, the base was transferred to the Belgian army. Currently, the base is to a large extent empty and is only used for the storage of Belgian army archives and the elimination of surplus ammunition.


  • 4 February 2016: De Standaard
  • 3 February 2016: De Redactie


Eurofound (2016), Airbase Zutendaal, Business expansion in Belgium, factsheet number 86502, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86502.