Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans to open a fourth distribution center in Indiana, bringing its total warehouse footprint in the state to about 3.4 million square feet.
The Internet retailer will open a distribution center of about 900,000 square feet in Plainfield, IN, augmenting existing centers in Plainfield, Whitestown and a recently opened warehouse in Indianapolis. The company employs thousands of people in the facilities, including hundreds of new hires planned at the two new facilities.
The e-commerce giant has battled with other states,
including South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and California, over their efforts to collect state tax proceeds on e-commerce sales. On Wednesday, the company lauded its relationship with Indiana, which has no such laws planned, and its Gov. Mitch Daniels.
"We're expanding in Indiana because Gov. Daniels and other state officials have demonstrated their commitment to Amazon jobs and investment." said Dave Clark, vice president, Amazon North American Operations.
Amazon did not disclose details about the new facility in a release and did not return a telephone seeking comment. Like many companies, Amazon generally declines to publicly identify the street addresses of its distribution facilities.
However, according to a search of CoStar Property Professional, the only available building in Plainsfield of that size is 800 Perry St., a 925,800-square-foot vacant warehouse building developed by Opus North in 1996.
The new facility is expected to be available this summer. Amazon's fulfillment centers in Indiana are operated by Amazon.com.indc LLC.
This year, Amazon has announced plans for new fulfillment centers in Washington state, Indiana, South Carolina and Tennessee, in addition to expansion of an existing fulfillment center in Phoenix.