Amazon’s impact, influence grows in central Indiana

Seattle-based Amazon employs more than 9,000 full-time workers at its five Indiana fulfillment centers, four of which are in central Indiana—with plans to add more positions.

As the e-commerce sector continues to expand, so does Amazon.com Inc.’s already-sizable local em-ployment base.

And although the pay at the cavernous facilities—where workers receive merchandise and re-sort it into outbound shipments to customers—is far lower than the area average, experts say the jobs are still valuable to the region.

Seattle-based Amazon employs more than 9,000 full-time workers at its five Indiana fulfillment centers, four of which are in central Indiana.

It ranks as the 15th-largest employer in the state, according to IBJ research. The e-tail giant has slightly fewer Indiana employees than Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp., which has a major hub in Indianapolis, and slightly more than Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, which has a steel plant in Burns Harbor.

And now Amazon is working to fill more than 1,500 additional jobs at its four area locations: one in Indianapolis, one in the Boone County community of Whitestown, and two in Plainfield. (The online retailer’s fifth Indiana fulfillment center—its largest in the state by number of workers—is in Jeffersonville, just across the Ohio River from Louisville.)

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