Chancellor George Osborne yesterday visited the Vantec Europe site in Sunderland, as its parent company announced 81 further jobs to be created this year.
Leeds-based GMI Construction is undertaking construction of a 422,000 sq ft distribution centre for Vantec, subsidiary to Hitachi Transport System.
Hitachi’s president announced that the additional jobs would add to the 230 the company is creating by 2015, in a £22.5m investment in the building at Turbine Business Park.
The new jobs are the result of contracts won by Vantec from Nissan and another North-East automotive supplier.
The building will use 1,172 tonnes of steel (equivalent to 976 family cars), and 9,500 litres of paint; enough to decorate 200 three-bedroom houses.
It will also require 31,300 tonnes of concrete and 45,000 square metres of roof cladding, with 150 construction workers employed at peak times.
The chancellor, during his visit, announced an extension of the North East Enterprise Zone.
Steel erection is underway on the site, and roof cladding has commenced, with completion of the project due in 2012.