Walmart to build online fulfillment center in Plainfield, hire 300 workers

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PLAINFIELD (June 19, 2014) – More than 300 new jobs are coming to Plainfield as retail giant Walmart plans to build a facility that will fulfill online orders.

The 1.2 million-square-foot facility is set to open in 2015, according to state and company officials. It’s expected to bring up to 303 new jobs by 2016.

“Our unemployment rate isn’t as high here as it is other places but its important that we provide jobs that’s big investment dollars, that’s a good tax base
for our citizens and also the business out here,” said Plainfield Town Council President, Robin Brandgard.

Walmart, based in Bentonville, Ark., will use the facility to process and ship orders from its website. It will go at the AllPoints Midwest distribution park developed by Indiana-based Duke Realty and Browning.

“There’s a lot of factors why we chose Indiana. Certainly the central location and this facility alone will allow us to reach 70 million people in just a single day,” said Walmart spokesman, Ravi Jariwala.

The company, the world’s largest retailer, said the facility will help expand its rapidly growing online operation. Walmart employs 2.2 million people worldwide, including 36,000 Hoosiers. The company plans to start hiring full-time workers in October.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Walmart up to $2.9 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s plan. Plainfield will consider additional incentives.