by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, will locate an e-commerce warehouse and distribution center in Plainfield, where it plans to create up to 303 new jobs by 2016.
Scheduled to become operational by early 2015, the 1.2 million-square-foot, build-to-suit fulfillment center will be located on a 64-acre site in AllPoints Midwest, a bulk industrial campus off I-70 at Ronald Reagan Parkway. The campus is being developed by a joint venture partnership between two Indianapolis companies, Duke Realty and Browning Investments.
The new project will enable Walmart to process and ship orders for its fast-growing online operation.
The company has more than 36,000 Indiana employees and plans to begin hiring for full-time positions at the new facility in October.
“By combining large-scale online fulfillment centers with Walmart’s distribution centers, world-class transportation network and 4,200 stores, we have the ability to get incredibly close to our customers to deliver orders faster and at a lower cost,” Brent Beabout, senior vice president of supply chain and logistics for Walmart Global eCommerce, said in a news release. “This center alone will allow cost-effective delivery to more than 160 million people in just one to two days.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Walmart up to $2.93 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants. The tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is not eligible for incentives until workers are hired. The town of Plainfield is considering additional incentives for the project at the request of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership.
“When the world’s largest companies consider where to grow, Indiana is skyrocketing to the top of the location list,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Walmart would be hard pressed to find a stronger business climate and commitment to lower taxes and less regulation than the environment offered in the Hoosier State. We are thrilled to welcome this global company’s growth in Indiana, a state that works.”
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