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Walmart.com welcomed in Indiana

The Indianapolis suburb of Plainview will be home to Walmart’s newest dedicated e-commerce fulfillment center when the 1.2 million-sq.-ft. facility opens early next year.

The retailer indicated in early June that Indiana would be home to its third e-commerce fulfillment center but did not identify the community at the time. Walmart’s other online dedicated centers are located in Texas and Pennsylvania. The newest facility will employ approximately 300 people with hiring expected to begin 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, SVP 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."

As an incentive to locate the facility in Indiana, the state’s Economic Development Corporation offered Walmart nearly $3 million in tax credits and $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plan. The credits are performance-based, so Walmart can’t claim the incentives until resident of the state are actually hired.

"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.

"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."