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Amazon Adding New Warehouse, Thousands Of Jobs

The new facility is expected to create a little more than a thousand jobs by 2015 and have a $150 million economic impact on the state.

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Amazon.com plans to expand its Indiana operations later this year.

A new Amazon.com facility is expected to add more than a thousand jobs and millions of dollars to the Hoosier economy.

Amazon announced Tuesday it will open a new distribution plant in Jeffersonville this fall – its fifth location in the state. The move is expected to create a little more than a thousand jobs by 2015 and have a $150 million economic impact on the state.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation spokeswoman Katelyn Hancock says Amazon’s decision helps boost the state’s reputation as an attractive place for business investment.

“So this further just solidifies us that we’re in reach to companies’ customer base and that we have the transportation and infrastructure necessary to assist them in reaching their goals,” she says.

And Indiana Chamber of Commerce Vice President Cameron Carter says the revenue boost generated by the facility can’t be overlooked.

“Over time, it will definitely add to the tax base, both in terms of the property tax base and our income tax base,” he says.

The state will provide more than two million dollars in incentives to the internet retail giant…though they are performance-based, meaning Amazon only receives the incentives when the jobs have been created.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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