The Dallas Morning News

Carhartt hub in North Fort Worth would create 500 jobs

- By STEVE BROWN Real Estate Editor Twitter: @Stevebrown­dmn

Apparel firm Carhartt Inc. is eyeing a new shipping hub in North Fort Worth that would create as many as 500 new jobs.

The Fort Worth City Council is considerin­g a proposal to grant the Michigan-based company up to $2 million in tax abatements to locate a new distributi­on center near Texas Motor Speedway. The property is at 16101 Wolff Crossing off State Highway 114 and near Alliance Airport.

Carhartt plans to invest $80 million in a “state-of-the-art distributi­on center space,” Cherie Gordon of Fort Worth’s Economic Developmen­t Department told the council at a Tuesday work session. She said the average annual salary for the jobs will be over $55,000.

“Those 500 jobs are to be organic and local — they are not having transfers for those jobs,” Gordon said.

Carhartt is asking the city for a seven-year, 75% tax abatement on its new operation. Fort Worth’s council has a formal vote on the economic incentives scheduled next month.

A family-owned business started in the 1880s, Carhartt employs more than 5,000 workers nationwide. The company sells its popular lines of work clothes and outdoor apparel out of about three dozen company-owned stores, through other retailers and online.

The building where the Carhartt shipping hub would go is north of Alliance Airport and owned by DHL Supply Chain. It’s in the Alliancete­xas district that’s already home to some of North Texas’ largest distributi­on centers, including a major Fedex Ground hub, two UPS Ground sorting centers, Fedex Express’ Southwest regional air hub and Amazon Air’s regional hub.

Late last year, Fort Worth provided incentives in the same area for a manufactur­ing plant for Coppell-based Beauty Manufactur­ing Solutions. Target and Carolina Beverage Group also recently located new shipping hubs in AllianceTe­xas.

In 2022, Alliancete­xas had operations for 562 companies and more than 55 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space. Almost 7 million square feet of net industrial leasing was recorded in North Fort Worth last year.

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