Amazon announces new Indiana distribution center

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc. plans to open a warehouse and distribution center in southern Indiana for what will be its fifth large facility in the state.

Seattle-based Amazon announced Tuesday it would spend about $150 million on the center in Jeffersonville and that it could have some 1,000 employees there by 2015.

Construction began last month at the site just north of Louisville, Ky., and the center is expected to open this fall.

Amazon's announcement follows a deal it made with Gov. Mitch Daniels in January to begin collecting Indiana's 7 percent sales tax from customers in the state in 2014. Many Indiana retailers objected to the deal, saying it put them at a price disadvantage.

Amazon currently has similar facilities in Indianapolis and the suburban communities of Whitestown and Plainfield.