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FRANKLIN, Ind. — Amazon will open a new sort center along Interstate 65 in Franklin later this year, Mayor Steve Barnett announced Wednesday.

“I am proud to welcome Amazon to our beautiful city. This is great news for Franklin and the entire state of

Indiana, as Amazon continues to invest in the local market,” Barnett said.

Amazon is expected to create several hundred jobs at the Franklin facility. Employees will focus on customer fulfillment operations, doing everything from receiving inventory, sorting and shipping customer orders, to supporting network logistics.

Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 20,000 jobs in Indiana, investing more than $15 billion in infrastructure and its workers.

Amazon’s starting wage for roles in fulfillment and transportation is $18 per hour. The company provides full-time employees with benefits from day one, including health, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) with 50% company match, and up to 20 weeks paid parental leave.

“Our ability to expand Indiana operations is the result of two things: incredible customers and a world-class workforce in the state,” said Kyle DeGiulio, regional economic development manager at Amazon. “Since we started fulfilling customer orders in Indiana, we’ve been able to build up an amazing team of dedicated employees who now earn an average of $18 an hour and receive industry-leading benefits with opportunities for growth, advancement, and post-secondary education. We look forward to continued investment as we innovate and grow to better serve our customers across the state.”