The new logistics operation will be based on the Phoenix estate, next door to Vauxhall’s car plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire following the success of the new Range Rover Evoque.
Ellesmere Port MP Andrew Miller said the new jobs will be, 'hugely important for the town in the current climate.' He added, 'We have worked for some time to strengthen the supply chain of the automotive industry in this area. This bodes well for the future.'
Robert Mee, chairman of the Ellesmere Port Development Board, added, 'Phoenix was built to help create a designated supplier park, and it is great it will now be used for its original purpose.'
The site was previously used by Syncreon Logistics to supply the Vauxhall site, but its 400,000 sq-ft warehouse is currently empty. JLR said the new premises will open this summer and be managed by DHL, which already employs more than 600 staff at the firm’s Halewood car plant supplying the Evoque and Freelander 2 production lines.
Last year, JLR said the Evoque would be worth £2bn to suppliers, including almost £1bn for Merseyside firms, and its global success has seen orders soar. JLR chief executive Dr Ralf Speth said, 'The demand we have seen across the globe for the Range Rover Evoque means we are able to significantly increase what we spend with our suppliers, which is great news for the UK economy and the thousands of jobs JLR supports in its supply chain.'
Ellesmere Port Councillor Justin Madders, leader of the Labour group on Cheshire West council, said, 'the news was a real boost for the town,' adding, 'I am sure there will be a lot of local people interested in working there and I hope this is just the start of new investment here.'
Council leader Mike Jones confirmed, 'We have moved heaven and earth to help make this happen, and I understand the company were delighted with the quality of service we were able to offer.'
Details of how to apply for the new roles will be released by DHL in the near future. www.dhl.co.uk/en/careers/jobs.html