CLAYTON Ind. (WISH) — Apple is planning to invest in a new facility in Indiana.
The tech company made the announcement Monday morning, saying its plans to open a new distribution center near Clayton, a town of 1,100 people about 10 miles east of Indianapolis.
Apple says it plans to invest $100 million in the Hoosier State over the next several years to establish the center.
Clayton resident Bobby Welter told News 8, “I think it’ll be a big improvement for Hendricks County.”
Apple said Connecticut-headquartered XPO Logistics will operate the facility. The goal is to speed up delivery times for Apple’s customers in Indiana and across the country.
Hendricks County resident Mike Selvy said, “I think it’s a great idea. Apple’s a good company. I’m an Apple guy; have been for some time. I think it’s good for the local area here in Clayton and Hendricks County in general.”
Apple says the investment should bring 500 jobs to Indiana by the end of 2024.
Douglas Bignell, president of the Clayton Town Council, said “It’s always good news to hear about new jobs, help boost the economy.”
Bignell, as far as he knows, said the facility will not be in Clayton but rather in about 4 miles south of the town in a large area near the I-70 interchange at State Road 39.
“Our town is a proudly small town. We like the small-town community and the feel here, so it’s fortunately just outside of our town far enough where I think we’ll still be able to maintain our small-town personality but reap the benefits of some economic development,” Bignell said.
“Traffic along I-70 and (State Road) 39 is a good area for their bringing in components or shipping out products that they make or store. That’s always a big benefit there,” Bignell said.
Apple said the Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered XPO Logistics up to $5 million in tax credits if the company creates the promised jobs.
The town of Clayton supports the project, Apple said.
XPO has begun hiring several open positions in Clayton.
“CLAYTON, Ind. (April 26, 2021) – Apple announced plans today to invest in new operations in central Indiana, opening a state-of-the-art distribution center in Hendricks County. Apple’s investment will support close to 500 new jobs in Indiana by the end of 2024.
“‘Indiana’s healthy, business-friendly ecosystem continues to bring innovative, cutting-edge companies like Apple to the Hoosier State,’ said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. ‘I couldn’t be more grateful that with a world of options to choose from, Apple selected our state to put down new roots. We’re excited for this tremendous investment, the 500 new career opportunities it brings to Hoosiers and what this commitment means for Apple’s potential future growth in Indiana.’
“Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple is expanding its distribution network to support its US customers. The company plans to invest $100 million in Indiana from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund over the next few years to to establish a state-of-the-art distribution center in Clayton. The new facility, which will be operated by XPO Logistics Supply Chain, will accelerate delivery times for Apple’s customers in Indiana and across the country.
“XPO Logistics has already begun hiring in Clayton. Information on open positions is available [here].
“‘Hendricks County is very pleased to have Apple locate in Hendricks County and in Clayton. The local community will benefit tremendously from this new distribution center, and we welcome them to Hendricks County,’ said Dennis Dawes, Hendricks County Commissioners.
“‘Hendricks County prides itself on promoting an environment where businesses have an opportunity for sustainable success in our community,’ said Eric Wathen, President, Hendricks County Council. ‘We are excited that Apple has chosen Hendricks County and Clayton to establish their new state-of-the-art distribution facility and look forward to their continued success in our community.’
“‘We are thrilled to welcome Apple as the newest member of Hendricks County’s thriving industrial ecosystem,’ said Brian Bilger, Executive Director, Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership. ‘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 they grow in our community.’
“The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered XPO Logistics Supply Chain Inc. up to $5 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. The town of Clayton supports the project.”From Keri Fulton, Apple