Walmart Selects Indiana for New Milk Processing Plant, 200+ Hoosier Jobs
- What are Indiana and Walmart announcing today?
- Why is this important?
- How many of your stores will this serve? Does this include Sam’s Club?
- Why did you pick Indiana?
- Will Walmart introduce a new private milk label or new items at this facility?
- What is the size and location of the facility?
- How many people will be employed here? Full-time or part-time jobs? What will they be paid?
- When will construction begin? When will it open?
- What are the wages and benefits for these new jobs?
What are Indiana and Walmart announcing today?
This is exciting news
for Indiana’s dairy industry, people in Fort Wayne and our customers across the
region. Walmart is committed to constructing a new, highly efficient milk
processing plant that will leverage the latest technology to provide our
customers with high quality milk at low prices for their families. This
facility is expected to create more than 200 jobs.
Why is this important?
In addition to creating good paying jobs with benefits and supporting the local dairy industry, the new facility will ensure families can find wholesome white and chocolate milk at the most competitive prices in the region when they shop at Walmart and Sam’s Club. In addition, operating our own plant with the latest technology and leveraging our world-class logistics system will speed the delivery of milk to stores and extend the shelf life of this very important grocery staple.
How many of your stores will this serve? Does this include Sam’s Club?
operational, this plant is expected to serve more than 600 Walmart stores and
Sam’s Club locations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Northern Kentucky
Why did you pick Indiana?
Indiana is centrally
located for a large group of our stores and clubs, has a good transportation infrastructure
to reach our locations and has an abundance of milk from local farmers in the
state. In fact, the Indiana Dairy Association has a strategic plan for
increasing the volume of dairy processing and creating market opportunities for
expanded dairy production. We see an opportunity for our everyday low cost
operating model to help customers save money while also creating new jobs and supporting
the local dairy industry.
Last year we opened a 1.2 million square foot ecommerce fulfillment center in Plainfield that created more than 300 jobs. That facility supports our rapidly growing online business and is part of a sophisticated fulfillment network that allows us to get closer to customers while delivering online orders fast and at a lower cost.
Will Walmart introduce a new private milk label or new items at this facility?
No. The facility will produce great tasting whole, 2%, 1% and skim milk as well as 1% chocolate milk for our Great Value brand in Walmart stores and Member's Mark brand at Sam’s Club.
What is the size and location of the facility?
planning a 250,000 square foot facility in Fort Wayne, IN. That would make this
milk plant one of the largest processors of fluid milk in the industry. The
facility will be located at 2322 W. Pleasant Center Road. We’ll share more
information as we finalize designs and the location.
How many people will be employed here? Full-time or part-time jobs? What will they be paid?
Walmart is creating
more than 200 jobs with this new plant. This includes more than 130 associate positions
at the facility that will receive Walmart’s competitive wages and benefits.
Additional jobs are expected in transportation and other areas.
When will construction begin? When will it open?
As with any construction project, a number of variables can affect the timeline. Our goal is to begin construction this summer and we anticipate opening the facility in the summer of 2017.
What are the wages and benefits for these new jobs?
We’re still in the
early days of this project. The average starting wage for positions at this new
facility will be more than $19 an hour. More
details about wages and benefits will be shared as we build the facility and
begin hiring. Walmart is committed to investing in our associates they can grow
their careers. In fact, more than 1.2 million Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club
associates recently received a pay increase under the second phase of our
two-year, $2.7 billion investment in workers.