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March 24, 2021 3:15 PM, EDT

XPO Opening Automated Logistics Facility in Indiana

An XPO Logistics supply chain facilityAn XPO Logistics supply chain facility. The company will open an automated logistics facility in Clayton, Ind., this summer, bringing 800 jobs. (XPO Logistics)

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XPO Logistics will open an automated logistics facility in Clayton, Ind., at one of the state’s major logistics hubs in Hendricks County. The new facility is expected to employ 800 people and become fully operational sometime this summer, according to XPO.

It will be one of their largest and most technologically advanced facilities in Indiana, XPO said. The company already has a footprint in the Hoosier State, with more than 25 facilities around Indiana.

The new jobs include roles in operations management, warehouse supervising, robotics maintenance and industrial engineering.

The expansion comes amid the rise of pandemic e-commerce, which has placed a huge emphasis on the supply chain industry, according to XPO Logistics spokesperson Fallon McLoughlin.

“As we went on throughout the pandemic, people started buying more online, so we had to kind of pivot to meet those demands. So our business just continues to grow,” McLoughlin said. “It’s really important to have a secure supply chain network that’s positioned also local, like close to big population centers as well.”

Like real estate, location is a crucial aspect for supply chain industries. XPO has a significant presence in the Midwest, and in particular, the Indianapolis area.

“It’s a great place; it’s centrally located within the country, so it’s a really important hub from the logistics point of view,” McLoughlin said. “It’s a midway point across the country, but there’s also good talent in the area.”

XPO Logistics ranks No. 1 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America.

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