Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and one of the fastest growing online retailers, plans to locate a 1.2 million square foot e-commerce fulfillment center in Plainfield, Indiana, creating up to 303 jobs by 2016.
The facility, which will allow the company to process and ship orders for its fast-growing online operation, will be operational in early 2015 at the AllPoints Midwest distribution park developed by Indiana-based Duke Realty and Browning.
Walmart, which currently employs 2.2 million associates worldwide, including more than 36,000 in Indiana, plans to begin hiring for full-time positions at the new fulfillment center 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,” said Brent Beabout, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics for Walmart Global eCommerce. “This center alone will allow cost-effective delivery to more than 160 million people in just one to two days.”
“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.”
As an incentive, Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Wal-Mart.com USA LLC up to $2,930,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Plainfield will consider additional incentives at the request of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership.
“Plainfield is pleased to welcome Walmart to Plainfield in the AllPoints Midwest industrial business park,” said Robin Brandgard, president of the Plainfield Town Council. “They join many other Fortune 500 companies who have chosen to locate distribution and light industrial facilities in our premier business parks, currently with over 32 million square feet of space under roof. We are confident they and their employees will find Plainfield to be a community of values with an excellent quality of life.”