PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) – Walmart announced plans on Thursday to build, and hire for, a new online fulfillment center in Plainfield. Officials say the new center will create up to 303 jobs by 2016.
Walmart says they will build a new 1.2 million square-foot facility in Plainfield. The facility should be operational in early 2015 at the AllPoints Midwest distribution park in Plainfield. Walmart says Indiana is the perfect location to make shipping faster.
“This facility alone is going to allow us to ship online orders to more than 70 million customers in just one day,” said Ravi Jariwala, Walmart’s public relations director.
Location is one of several qualities Indiana’s Secretary of Commerce says the state is using to attract big business.
“The quality of life in Indiana and let’s also not forget the predictability that Indiana offers a company because of the fiscal strength the state has,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce.
In the past year, several high profile companies have announced plans to set up shop in Indiana, including Ulta and Hat World. Those two companies alone could create about 1,300 jobs and state officials say there’s more to come.
Smith was in Los Angeles on Thursday for 12 meetings with consulting firms and businesses looking at the potential of moving to Indiana.
Walmart plans to begin hiring for full-time positions at the new center in October, but some people wonder if Walmart is the kind of employer Indiana wants.
“Walmart as a company that doesn’t pay its employees enough money for the services it provides,” said Jermaine Woolery.
24-Hour News 8 asked Walmart how much these hourly and management jobs will pay.
“Those details regarding pay are still being worked out, but what I can tell you is the pay will be very consistent with other e-commerce fulfillment jobs,” said Jariwala.
Walmart and the state insists all 300 of these jobs will go to Hoosiers.
“It [Indiana] is a great fit for us. We operated I think nine distribution centers in Indiana and we have over 36,000 associates who work in the Hoosier state as well,” said Jariwala.