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Southern Wine to create 200 jobs in central Indiana

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The country's largest beer, wine and liquor distributor plans to invest more than $10 million to establish operations in central Indiana, creating 200 jobs at a regional office and distribution center here.

Southern Wine and Spirits of Indiana Inc. will occupy a 200,000-square-foot distribution center in Greenwood and 7,500 square feet of office space in Indianapolis, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said late Monday.

The Miami-based distributor, which employs more than 11,000 nationwide, plans to start hiring warehouse workers immediately; distribution operations are expected to begin next month.
 
Founded in 1968 to service retailers, bars and restaurants in Florida, Southern Wine and Spirits has grown to serve more than 175,000 customers in 30 states.

Its plans for central Indiana are more extensive than initially expected.

Southern received approval to distribute alcohol in Indiana in November despite opposition from competitors that said it would drive smaller distributors out of business. In March, Indianapolis-based National Wine & Spirits announced plans to join forces with Dallas-based Republic National Distributing Co., the nation's second-largest wholesale beverage distributor.

The state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission approved Southern's application for permits after twice denying it permission to do business in Indiana.

The IEDC offered Southern up to $1.4 million in performance-based tax credits based on its job creation plans. The cities of Greenwood and Indianapolis will consider additional property tax abatements.

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  • jobs
    are you hiring and where do i apply
  • jobs
    are you hiring and where do i go to apply
  • jobs
    are you hiring and if so where do i appy.
  • how do i apply
    what is the web. site to apply for warehouse poistion with southern light wine spirit?
  • New Jobs
    When will we start getting more distribution/warehouses hiring on the eastside?
    Shadeland is bare.
  • fill out
    Where exactly can we go to fill out the application for these up coming jobs
  • You have to be kidding me...
    So the state is going to subsidize the introduction of a predatory national conglomerate which will ultimately cost Indiana jobs? How freaking stupid are we? No, don't answer that, the truth is too painful.
  • Not 200 Net Jobs
    The 200 jobs Southern Wine & Spirits is "creating" will be offset by other distributors downsizing as suppliers shift their brands among the distributors and employees follow. That is, unless there is a sudden increase in Indiana population and/or alcohol consumption. A more accurate accounting would be the total number of employees in alcohol distribution now vs. after Southern sets up shop. Let's see a balance sheet.

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