A major distribution center broke ground Wednesday in North Las Vegas. The new center could mean hundreds of jobs for Las Vegas valley residents.

The Northgate Distribution Center will be located by I-15 and Lamb Boulevard.

While there are no details on who might move into the center or how many permanent jobs will be created, the construction alone will put at least 400 people to work.

 “This is 10 years in the making and it should of been done to make us more competitive throughout the market,” said Kevin Higgins, executive vice president of CBRE, a brokerage firm that represent properties.

Higgins will oversee the project.

“One, it is a job creator, day one,” he said. “We are putting people to work.”

The new facility location sits on a 120-acre industrial site in North Las Vegas. The first phase includes construction of two buildings that will allow companies to distribute all over the Southwest.

Higgins says, depending on the center will eventually employ several hundred people.

“Depending on the user and the type of tenant that we get.”

The Northgate Distribution Center is one of the largest speculative development projects in the history of Nevada. Phase one is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Cara Clarke with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce believes the groundbreaking of the new center also could pave a road to future economic growth.

“It is a relative new sector for us in terms of manufacturing and distribution and it is also going to be positioned in an area that is relatively underdeveloped. So, those things together create great possibilities in the future,” Clarke said.

She believes the new center will allow North Las Vegas to compete with cities like Phoenix and Reno.