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Indiana sees even more warehouse activity


Indiana sees even more warehouse activity

In the past few years, warehouse construction and hiring efforts have surged in a number of states nationwide, but perhaps the busiest has been Indiana. There, companies are focusing efforts on construction and expansion at an impressive clip, bringing hundreds of jobs to new facilities across the Hoosier State.

In Warren Township, just outside Indianapolis, the Seattle-based wine accessories manufacturer True Fabrications plans to occupy a sizable existing warehouse for its ever-expanding customer base, according to a report from the Indiana Business Journal. The new effort is designed to better serve the company's growing business throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast. Previously, it only had operations in Washington State.

A boon for the economy
In all, the facility will total more than 125,000 square feet, and True Fabrications will slowly ramp up hiring over a roughly five-year period, the report said. By 2022, the facility is expected to employ more than 100 people. Previously, the company mostly sold to businesses looking for wine accessories, but has recently seen an uptick in consumer consumption as well, which now make up 17 percent of its sales.

The state of Indiana is helping to facilitate the move, the report said. True Fabrications could potentially receive tax abatements from the Department of Metropolitan Development, though those have yet to be formally approved.

A supermarket chain expands hiring
Meanwhile, the well-known supermarket company Aldi is likewise planning to boost warehouse hiring and other efforts in Indiana as well, according to the Northwest Indiana Times. The company will host job fairs in the near future to hire warehouse selectors in Valparaiso. These jobs will pay $15 per hour, and will be open to a variety of applicants. The only requirements will be that workers are 18 or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Applicants must also be able to work between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

This hiring effort also comes as the company looks to hire store associates, shift managers and management trainees, the report said. Some of those positions could pay more than $56,000 per year.

The more companies in all aspects of the warehousing industry can do to make sure they're offering better salaries and benefits as competition heats up, the better off they will be when it comes to attracting top talent. This effort may be especially important as the industry expands throughout the Hoosier State and beyond.