**EDITORS NOTE: This is a press release posted here in its entirety from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.***
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (June 28, 2011) – OHL, a third-party logistics solution provider, today announced plans to locate a new distribution center here, creating up to 415 jobs by 2015.
The company, which operates 120 distribution centers with more than 32 million square feet globally, plans to invest up to $16.7 million to lease and equip an e-commerce fulfillment center.
“OHL’s plan to put hundreds of Hoosiers to work demonstrates the confidence that companies have in our workforce,” said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Indiana’s reputation as a hub for manufacturing and logistics has helped us establish a strong position as the ‘Crossroads of America.'”
Founded in 1951, OHL employs nearly 6,000 associates worldwide with offices in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
“The state of Indiana has been and continues to be an excellent business partner,” said Bob Spieth, president of contract logistics for OHL. “As OHL and our customers grow we look forward to continuing this relationship in and around Plainfield, a key logistics hub in our network, and an important location for our customers.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered OHL up to $2 million in performance-based tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The town of Plainfield approved additional property tax abatement at the request of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership.
“The creation of 415 new jobs by 2015 is an employment boost for the town of Plainfield and all of central Indiana,” said Plainfield town council president Robin Brandgard. “OHL is an outstanding logistics firm that continues to grow its business in Plainfield.”
The OHL announcement is the latest news highlighting Indiana’s strong logistics industry. Last month, General Mills announced plans to open a new distribution center in Allen County, creating up to 65 new jobs by 2012. Also last month, Governor Daniels joined executives from Family Dollar to break ground on a new distribution center in DeKalb County, creating up to 350 jobs by 2012.
Based in Tennessee, OHL is one of the largest 3PLs in the world, providing integrated global supply chain management solutions including transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage, freight forwarding, and import and export consulting services. With three business units – Global Freight Management and Logistics, Contract Logistics, and North American Transportation – OHL operates more than 130 value-added distribution centers, offers comprehensive transportation management services, employs nearly 6,000, and has offices worldwide. OHL has expertise in direct-to-consumer fulfillment, serves a wide range of business sectors from specialty retail to manufacturing, and specializes in the apparel, electronics, printing, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods industries. http://www.ohl.com
Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Mitch Roob serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC. For more information about IEDC, visit http://www.iedc.in.gov.