Apple plans $100M distribution center, 500 jobs near Indianapolis

Consumer electronics giant Apple Inc. plans to spend $100 million to open a “state-of-the-art” distribution center in Hendricks County that could employ as many as 500 workers by the end of 2024, state officials announced Monday morning.

The facility in Clayton, a town about seven miles west of Plainfield, is expected to accelerate delivery times for Apple customers in Indiana and the rest of the country.

Apple engineering and logistics experts helped design and build the production lines at the facility, which will be operated by Greenwich, Connecticut-based XPO Logistics Inc. XPO is one of the world’s largest transportation and contract logistics companies, with 50,000 customers, more than 100,000 employees and more than 1,600 locations in 30 countries.

Officials said hiring for the facility is already under way.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered XPO up to $5 million in conditional tax credits based on the job-creation plans. The company must fulfill the hiring goals to receive the incentives.

“We are thrilled to welcome Apple as the newest member of Hendricks County’s thriving industrial ecosystem,” said Brian Bilger, executive director of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, in written remarks. “This project’s significant investment and job creation will promote the economic vitality of Hendricks County, its businesses, and residents. We look forward to supporting Apple as it grows in our community.”

Cupertino, California-based Apple said the Indiana project is part of the company’s plan to invest $430 billion and add 20,000 new jobs across the country over the next five years.

Apple, which has 400 employees throughout Indiana, said it plans to pay for the center through its Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

“At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to U.S. innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment reaching communities across all 50 states,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a written statement.