Amazon to build 4th distribution center in Indiana

AP
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Katherine Braun sorts packages toward the right shipping area at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Goodyear, Ariz. Amazon.com, Inc. announced Wednesday, July 6, 2011, that its Breinigsville, Pennsylvania fulfillment center is hiring for several hundred full-time jobs with comprehensive health care benefits. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Amazon.com plans to open a fourth large distribution center in central Indiana, the company said Wednesday.

The Seattle company said new warehouse in Plainfield, about 20 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Amazon said the facility will create hundreds of full-time and seasonal jobs, but didn't give specifics or say when it would open.

Amazon is steering business toward states that are not pressing the Internet retail giant on collecting taxes. But some states that are cutting services for residents because of budget shortfalls are resisting.

In February, the Texas comptroller demanded that Amazon.com pay $269 million in back sales taxes because a subsidiary operated a warehouse near Dallas. Amazon is appealing the order.

Indiana officials offered four years ago to not push the tax issue in recruiting Amazon to the state.

Amazon now has a distribution center just north of Indianapolis in Whitestown with 1,200 full-time workers and another in Plainfield that opened with 350 employees.

Shares of Amazon.com Inc. rose 44 cents, or nearly 3 percent, to $16.52.