Monday, September 28 2015
Batesville, IN -- Thrive Market, a membership-based online health foods and natural products store, announced plans to establish a fulfillment center here, creating up to 250 new jobs by 2018.
“Indiana’s business-friendly climate is attracting new business from across the country because leaders recognize the benefits of a state that works,” said Governor Pence. “Indiana’s low taxes, low cost of doing business and quality workforce contribute to an economic environment designed to allow companies to grow and to create even more jobs for Hoosiers.”
The California-based company will invest $8.069 million to lease, renovate and equip a vacant 300,000-square-foot facility at 1736 Lammers Pike in Batesville, which was previously home to General Electric. The new fulfillment center will serve approximately two thirds of Thrive Market customers located in 35 states throughout the Midwest and Eastern U.S.
Thrive Market, which currently employs 300 associates in the United States, will begin hiring in October with plans to begin operations in November. Interested applicants may email email@example.com to learn more.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring Thrive Market’s largest, most advanced fulfillment center to Indiana,” said John Winkles, vice president of operations at Thrive Market. “We are so grateful to the community for such a warm welcome and look forward to creating hundreds of jobs for the hardworking people of Batesville and the surrounding areas, who share our mission to make healthy food accessible to all American families.”
Headquartered in Atascadero, California, Thrive Market launched in November 2014 with a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable. The online retailer provides more than 3,500 healthy foods and natural products from more than 400 brands at wholesale prices through a membership model. The company offers a wide selection of paleo, gluten free, vegan, dairy-free, nut-free and allergen-free items for dietary preferences for home delivery.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Thrive Market up to $1,250,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Batesville has approved additional incentives at the request of the Batesville Economic Development Commission.
“Batesville is excited to embrace Thrive Market – their business, their purpose and their people,” said Batesville Interim Mayor Gene Lambert. “Batesville is a great fit for their needs in more ways than just having available space. Thrive Market is the simple solution that empowers us all to live well, do good and thrive together. We are very excited about this investment and their belief in Batesville.”
Thrive Market is the latest California-based company to choose to expand in the Hoosier State. Last month, global tech company Appirio announced plans to locate its headquarter operations, which were previously in San Francisco, in Indianapolis. And in June, Spyder Auto announced plans to locate its first facility outside California in Plainfield, Indiana. Compared to California, Indiana offers lower property and corporate taxes as well as an overall lower cost of doing business. Chief Executive magazine recently ranked Indiana as one of the top states in the nation for doing business, while California ranked last. A full state-to-state comparison is available here.
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