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Amazon.com plans to open a second warehouse in Plainfield—its fourth location in central Indiana, the company announced Wednesday.

Officials at the Seattle-based company expect the project to create "hundreds" of full-time and seasonal jobs this year, but declined to be more specific.

A spokeswoman would not disclose the location of the 900,000-square-foot facility. Amazon already employs about 350 at its existing AirTech Park distribution center.  It also has about 1,200 workers at a warehouse in Whitestown and opened a third location near Indianapolis International Airport this summer.

With the addition of a fourth center, Amazon said it will occupy about 3 million square feet of real estate in Indiana. Amazon said it employs "thousands" of people at these facilities.

“We’re expanding in Indiana because Governor Daniels and other state officials have demonstrated their commitment to Amazon jobs and investment," Dave Clark, vice president of Amazon North American Operations, said in a prepared statement. 

Indiana doesn't force online retailers to collect state sales tax, as other states have pressured them to do. State economic development officials four years ago made a commitment to Amazon that they wouldn’t push to collect sales tax from the company. Officials dangled the incentive to get the company to locate its first warehouse in Indiana.

Also this year, Amazon has announced plans for new fulfillment centers in Washington State, South Carolina and Tennessee, in addition to expansion of an existing fulfillment center in Phoenix, Ariz.

The new Plainfield facility is expected to be complete this summer.  Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Indiana are operated by Amazon.com.indc LLC.

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