VMInnovations, an e-commerce company, has located a new distribution center in Plainfield, IN. It’s the company’s fourth center nationally, and will create 75 new jobs in Hendricks County by 2021.
The Lincoln, NE-based company has invested $4.75 million to lease, renovate and equip a 160,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Plainfield, IN. Renovations have concluded and order fulfillment began at the facility in July. As part of the build out, VMInnovations installed an internal software service, which will allow the company to ship home and garden, electronic, outdoor, sporting, baby and spa products across the United States.
“Indiana’s central location made it an ideal place for a fulfillment center,” said Paul Prakapchuk, operations manager of VMInnovations. “Known as the Crossroads of America, the Hoosier state allows us to reach a significant amount of our customers in just one or two days, which is critical for operating an effective business.”
VMInnovations currently employs more than 160 associates across the country, with existing fulfillment centers in Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Nevada. The company sells a wide range of consumer goods through its e-commerce website as well as different marketplaces and delivers orders across the nation in an average of 2.5 days.
“In Indiana, job creation continues to be job one, and we have more Hoosiers working now than ever before in our state’s 200-year history,” said Governor Mike Pence. “As the Crossroads of America, Indiana is a logistical hub and an ideal location for job creators like VMInnovations that ship products to customers around the world. The state’s low-cost, low-tax business environment and our continued investments in infrastructure bolster the advantage of Indiana’s central location, making Indiana a state that works.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered VMInnovations Inc. up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until employees are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The town of Plainfield approved additional incentives at the request of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership and will consider incentives for future expansions.
“The town of Plainfield is pleased to welcome VMInnovations to the Plainfield logistics industry family,” said Robin Brandgard, president of the Plainfield Town Council. “Their decision to locate here is another example of Plainfield’s strong reputation for being one of the premiere sites for industrial and distribution centers. We currently have more than 35 million square feet under roof with more planned to come into the market in the near future.”
Indiana supports more than 5,700 transportation and logistics companies like VMInnovations. Indiana is home to the nation’s second-largest Fed-Ex hub, eighth-largest cargo air facility, 41 freight railroads, three international ports and is the national leader in pass-through interstates. With 82 million people living within a 500 mile radius of the state’s border, Indiana’s highway network is accessible to 80 percent of the population of both the U.S. and Canada within 24 hours.
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