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Oregon governor says Nike plans expansion

Jonathan j. Cooper, Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Nike wants to expand its Oregon operations and hire hundreds of workers but is asking the government to promise it won't change the state tax code.

Gov. John Kitzhaber (KIHTS'-hah-bur) says he'll call the Legislature into session Friday to create a law to give Nike its wish.

The company has not specified its expansion plans except to say it would create at least 500 jobs and $150 million in capital investment over five years.

Nike Inc. has its headquarters in Beaverton, outside Portland. Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

It employs 44,000 people globally, including 8,000 in Washington County.

Nike has been selling off brands and making other moves to focus on its most profitable businesses, which include its namesake Nike brand, Jordan, Converse and Hurley.