Drug company plans $55M Whitestown distribution center

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A wholesale drug company plans to open a $55 million distribution center in Whitestown that is expected to have 120 full-time employees when the facility is fully operational by the end of next year.

AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. plans to occupy about 327,000 square feet of a 529,200-square-foot distribution building under construction at 5290 Performance Way, according to plans approved by town planners. The company is a division of Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania-based AmerisourceBergen Corp., which assists with pharmacy management and provides pharmaceutical distribution services.

The facility is located off Indianapolis Road to the west of Interstate 65. The company plans to install about $28 million worth of high-tech distribution equipment in the building, which is being developed by Kansas City, Missouri-based VanTrust Real Estate LLC.

According to town documents, average wages for 94 semi-skilled employees at the facility will be $15.42 per hour. Seven clerical workers are expected to be paid an average of $19.42 per hour each and 19 salaried employees will make an average of $32.40 per hour each. Hiring will begin in 2017, the company said.

AmerisourceBergen plans to spend nearly $5.5 million annually for salaries, benefits and bonuses at the site, according to documents filed with Whitestown. 

Whitestown has approved the company's request for a personal property-tax abatement on $26.5 million in equipment that will save it an estimated total of $1.27 million over the course of 10 years. The company will still spend about $852,000 on personal property taxes during that time.

The company did not request an abatement on real property taxes.

AmerisourceBergen has 26 pharmaceutical distribution centers and three specialty distribution centers throughout the United States and nine distribution centers in Canada.

MWI, a subsidiary company that AmerisourceBergen acquired last year, also has a distribution center in Whitestown, but its operations won't be related to the new facility.

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