Industrial-automation firm to open Whitestown warehouse, hire hundreds

Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation Inc. announced Tuesday morning that it plans to consolidate distribution operations in Illinois and Tennessee into a new distribution center in Boone County—a move that’s expected to create up to 231 Indiana jobs by the end of 2023.

A spokesman for the Fortune 500 company, which makes industrial equipment and software that helps factories automate processes, had confirmed last month that it planned an Indianapolis-area outpost but had not provided details. Tuesday’s news release said the firm will invest more than $16.4 million to renovate and equip a 369,000-square-foot facility at 4255 S. 500 E. in the All Points at Anson development along Interstate 65 in Whitestown.

The new facility is expected to open in 2019. Rockwell said it will operate it in partnership with Kuehne + Nagel, a Switzerland-based logistics company.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Rockwell up to $1.75 million in tax credits based on its job-creation plans. The incentives are performance-based, meaning the company is not eligible to receive them until workers are hired. The town of Whitestown and Boone County will consider additional incentives for Kuehne + Nagel. 

Rockwell employs 22,000 people worldwide and has annual revenue of $6.3 billion.

The IEDC says that over the last five years, 40 companies have announced plans to locate or expand in Boone County, investing up to $719 million and creating up to 5,200 jobs.

Last fall, Seattle-based Brooks Running Co. said it will open a footwear and apparel distribution center in Whitestown that will employ as many as 132 workers by the end of 2023.

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