Wal-Mart to open e-commerce center in Plainfield

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday morning that it plans to open an e-commerce fulfillment center in Plainfield, creating up to 303 jobs by 2016.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based company will build and equip a 1.2-million-square-foot facility in the AllPoints Midwest industrial park, which is co-developed by Duke Realty Corp. and Browning Investments.

Wal-Mart, which already has more than 36,000 Indiana employees, plans to begin hiring for the fulfillment center in October, according to a news release from state economic development officials.

“By combining large-scale online fulfillment centers with Wal-Mart’s distribution centers, world-class transportation network and 4,200 stores, we have the ability to get incredibly close to our customers to deliver orders faster and at a lower cost,” said Brent Beabout, senior vice president of supply chain and logistics for Wal-Mart's global e-commerce division. He said the center will be able to distribute goods to more than 160 million people in one to two days.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Wal-Mart.up to $2.93 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants. The tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company can't claim the incentives until workers are hired. The town of Plainfield will consider additional incentives.

The release from the IEDC did not specify Wal-Mart's investment in the project—a figure typically included for all projects that receive incentive offers from the agency. An IEDC spokeswoman referred questions about Wal-Mart's investment to the retailer, and a spokesperson for the retailer said it does not disclose such information.

"The cost of our projects is proprietary," said Anne Hatfield, director of communications for Wal-Mart.

Hatfield noted that the average hourly wage for Wal-Mart's 37,000 associates in Indiana is $12.70. She did not specify the expected wages for the fulfillment center's employees.

A joint venture partnership of Duke Realty and Browning Investments will develop the build-to-suit warehouse facility for Wal-Mart on a 64-acre site, the companies said Thursday. Its official name will be AllPoints Midwest 3.

It will include 100 9-by-10-foot dock doors and 16,500 square feet of office space. It will be expandable by more than 200,000 square feet, the companies said.



  • Ridiculous
    Not sure what's up with the political boohoo. But Plainfield is the land of warehousing. Also, people need jobs. Be happy that more are becoming available. Such whine asses. If you think you can do better, go into office or stfu.
  • What petition?
    I'm not sure what "upset resident" means when he/she says no one wanted this here. There was a petition? I live in Plainfield and saw no petition. The same thing happens every time they announce a new company moving to Plainfield for the warehouse space. Everyone complains about how we're giving them tax incentives, yet no one cares to thank the town for all of the nice parks that have been built or the new high school educating our students. None of that would have been possible without the warehouses. What are your property taxes like? Lower than Avon's? You bet they are, all because of companies like Walmart moving to the town. I welcome the new Walmart E-Commerce building. Not all 300 jobs will be $8/hr positions, and this building will bring multiple well paying jobs to the area. Stop complaining about decisions that aren't yours to make. Besides, unless if you live next door to the land they're building on, what does it really matter to you? I welcome the growth in Plainfield.
  • Which state is Indian?
    Must have missed when we added a 51st state named "Indian."
  • @ liberal, @chip
    Reading comprehension means nothing to folks like liberal and chip. Evan B said Indian's economy is booming unlike illinois, New York and California, he never said Indiana's GDP was currently higher. A quick glance at a list I found shows California, illinois, and New York's GDP is growing at a slower rate (in the case of Illinois and New York a MUCH slower rate) than Indian's. So I guess he is factually correct. The article states: "She did not specify the expected wages for the fulfillment center's employees." So any discussion on wages is kinda moot wouldn't you say?
    • Exactly
      Facts mean nothing to folks like "Evan B." But, sure, let's cheer more low-paying jobs and a larger taxpayer-subsidized workforce by a (taxpayer-subsidized) welfare-queen of a company. Terrific! What a great country...if you're a corporation...or a shareholder of one.
    • Nanny States
      Hopefully Indiana ranked 16th in GDP will catch up with the nanny states California ranked 1, New York ranked 3, and Illinois ranked 5.
    • agree with Tim
      Tim is correct, the barge did not happen here, the industrial warehouse park was approved years ago and all the public knew it was to be developed long before WM came in....and to the normal naysayers, the property tax base, the sales tax, and the income taxes will far outweigh any incentives given by the state or the town. Sure seems that the taxes created over the last two decades in Plainfield from the large scale industrial warehouses have benefited the town and the citizens with many infrastructure and recreational improvements that could otherwise never have happened. My hat is off to Plainfield and the Developers, not to mention some new competition to Amazon, who already have 2-3 large boxes in the vicinity.
    • Cry me a river
      More complaints from you whiny liberals. Indiana's economy is booming and growing unlike the nanny states like California, Illinois & New York.
      • Plainfield doesnt care about Residents
        They ignored that no in the area wanted this here. Even after a petition was signed they just swept it away and didnt bring it up. BIG Walmart pays off the board and the people get screwed. http://medallionwarehouses.weebly.com/
        • Hire Local Companies to do the infracture
          It would be nice if Walmart would hire local companies to do the conveyor systems and storage systems and all the investment dollars in the hands of Indiana Companies and not out of state companies. These are Indiana Tax dollar incentives, Walmart should be doing business with Indiana Companies.
        • Taxpayers pay for Walmart
          More tax assistance to Walmart, so that they can employ folks who will need tax assistance. And in the end, the shareholders reap huge profits. Why do we do this ?
        • Poor wording
          The wording on the IBJeight@8 gives me pause to wonder why the title about Walmart uses the word "Barges" as a descriptive. The word conotates an univited entry which is obviously not the case. The IEDC and the city both are offering incentive to bring Walmart into the area. What does the IBJ have against Walmart that causes the writers to poorly charterize this event?

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