Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger recently celebrated the opening of the new Skechers Distribution Center in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

“Skechers will be the first phase of development here and that’s something to be celebrated,” Gov. Schwarzenegger explained.Plus, the fact that this will be the most environmentally sound, progressive, sophisticated building in the United States proves that what’s good for the economy can be good for the environment too.”

After remembering his first visit to the Skechers headquarters in 1999, right after the company went public on the NYSE, the Governor added, “The Company was skyrocketing, and then they started expanding all over and they were in Europe and in Africa and in Asia; now they do business all over the world. I was a big fan of your shoes then. I’m a big fan of the Skechers shoes now.”

The site for the new Skechers Distribution Center is planned for an empty lot spanning 90 acres and 1.82 million square feet off of the 60 Freeway in Moreno Valley.

With Highland Fairview, Skechers is constructing the facility to handle the distribution of its product in the United States and Canada. The distribution center will be the largest LEED-certified building in the United States. In addition, Skechers will be transitioning from 1.6 million square feet of distribution space across five buildings in Ontario, California, to the more efficient, automated, single facility. This will further reduce the Company’s energy consumption and environmental impact. The facility is expected to be completed in 2011.

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