Amazon.com, Inc. has announced plans locate a new fulfillment center in Jeffersonville, IN, creating up to 1,050 new jobs by 2015 and approximately $150 million in investment in the state.
“This is Amazon’s fifth Indiana facility, and the company is employing thousands of Hoosiers. We’re grateful for every one of those jobs,” said Governor Mitch Daniels. “These facilities will serve customers across the country, further cementing Indiana’s position as the country’s logistics capital.”
The Jeffersonville facility will be Amazon’s fifth fulfillment center in Indiana, bringing its total footprint in the state to more than 4 million square feet. Amazon currently operates facilities in Indianapolis, Whitestown and Plainfield.
“Indiana is home to thousands of Amazon employees, and we look forward to bringing additional jobs to the state this fall,” said Dave Clark, vice president, Amazon global customer fulfillment. “We’re grateful to state officials for their business-friendly approach, which supports our continued expansion in Indiana.”
The Seattle-based company expects to open the new facility this fall.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Amazon.com.indc LLC up to $2,000,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $300,000 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. Also, the IEDC and the Indiana Department of Transportation will allocate funds to improve Cox Road. River Ridge Development Authority has approved additional property tax abatement through the enterprise zone and will support infrastructure improvements.
“We are very excited to have a corporate citizen like Amazon here at the River Ridge Commerce Center. Their presence here is further testament of River Ridge being the Midwest’s premier development site,” said Mark Robinson, president of the River Ridge Development Authority.
“We are extremely excited to have Amazon join our business community,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. “An addition like this shows Jeffersonville is at the forefront of a national rebound.”
The announcement of Amazon’s decision to locate its newest facility in the southeast Indiana city adds to the state’s growing transportation and distribution industry. Indiana is home to more than 4,700 miles of mainline rail track, three international airports and more than 11,000 total highway miles. Each year, more than 1.1 billion tons of freight travel through Indiana, making it the fifth busiest state for commercial freight traffic in the nation.