The adidas Group announces that certain service functions located at Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts will be relocated to the new adidas Group facilities under construction in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As previously announced, the new facilities will also house the U.S. distribution centers for footwear and apparel for both the Reebok and adidas brands.

The Reebok brand service functions, which will be relocated in the spring of 2008, include the Customer Service, Credit and Collections, Accounts Receivable and Customer Compliance departments. Most of these functions for the adidas brand are already located in Spartanburg.

“This relocation will further enable the integration of systems and harmonize processes, creating efficiencies for Reebok and the entire adidas Group to strengthen our competitive position for the benefit of our retailers, consumers and shareholders,” said David Kahan, senior vice president of sales for Reebok USA.

The relocation of the service functions will affect approximately 100 Canton-based Reebok employees. Affected employees will be eligible to apply for new positions being created in Spartanburg. In addition to receiving six months notice, affected employees also will be offered severance packages that include job transition assistance.