Johnson & Johnson warehouse plans to add 465 jobs

Johnson & Johnson is building a warehouse in Hendricks County that is expected to create 465 jobs when completed in mid-2011.

The distribution arm of the New Jersey-based manufacturer of health care and consumer products is building the facility in the 70 West Commerce Park at Interstate 70 and State Road 39, said Cinda Kelley, executive director of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership.

“We are nationally known and identified as a distribution hub,” Kelley said. “So this is just one more additional project that we’ve been successful in landing.”

Hendricks County, and particularly Plainfield, are home to several large industrial parks. The 12 million-square-foot Airwest Business Park and 4.7 million-square-foot AirTech Park are among the largest.  

The $82 million, 1.1 million-square-foot Johnson & Johnson development will be the first in the new 1,000-acre industrial park west of Plainfield.

The Hendricks County Council approved a 10-year property-tax abatement.

Also, the county received assistance from the state to help land the project. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will provide Hendricks County with $300,000 to help with infrastructure improvements, and the Indiana Department of Transportation will kick in $400,000 for additional road improvements.

“This was a true collaborative effort between the state, INDOT and Hendricks County to get this project in Hendricks County,” Kelley said.

She said the county beat out competing sites in several states to win the project.

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