by Chris Cornwall
Plainfield officials report that private developers invested a total of $250 million in operations within the town for the year 2018.
A large portion of these investments came from major expansions by Walmart.com, Ingram Micro and Niagara Bottling.
“Walmart invested over $142,000,000 at the Walmart.com Plainfield operation, creating 450 jobs,” stated Robin Brandgard, town council president. “The Greater Indianapolis area, as a whole, continues to reap the benefits of the investments being made in the town of Plainfield.”
Several more companies such as LJ Zucca Distribution, Pelican Biothermal and MD Logistics financed new building projects in Plainfield’s warehouse district.
“The employees who work in our industrial parks, both residents and guests to our Town each day, also contribute to our local economy; by spending their money at our mall, in our restaurants and local shops,” stated Andrew Klinger, town manager. “Additionally, job creation positively impacts income tax revenue, which is the second largest source of revenue used to provide town services including public safety, parks, trails and more.”
In total, 750 full-time jobs were added from industrial and warehouse investments in 2018.
Plainfield officials also reported significant growth in private commercial and residential projects. Examples include Kinnley Court, an $8 million senior living apartment complex on Clarks Creek Road. In addition, Level Two established a 5,000 square foot co-working space on the second floor of the Shops at Perry Crossing.
“The significant investments in all sectors – industrial, commercial and residential – illustrate that Plainfield is a very attractive town to live, work and play,” Brandgard added. “The year 2018 was very successful, but we are already excited about 2019 as we anticipate another strong investment year.”