City announces 1,200 jobs at airport facility
Wellpoint, Inc. announced Monday plans to create 900 life sciences jobs in Indianapolis.
Wellpoint was joined by Mayor Bart Peterson, Governor Mitch Daniels and representatives of the Indianapolis Airport Authority to announce the jobs, which are described as "high-tech, high-wage life sciences" positions.
Wellpoint says the jobs are part of its expansion of its specialty pharmacy business. There will also be an expansion of the company's managed care Medicaid operations, which will create 300 additional new jobs. Most of those positions will also be located in Marion County.
The new jobs will go into the maintenance center site formerly used by United Airlines at the airport. The 300-acre site includes a 248-acre structure that houses 12 hangars as well as office, storage and workshop space.
The Indianapolis Airport Authority took over the IMC in 2003 after United declared bankruptcy. The city and Airport Authority have been looking for tenants to replaced United ever since.
The deal includes an 11-year lease. The jobs include: pharmacy technicians, registered nurses, registered pharmacists, business analysts and data analysts.
WellPoint will open its new facilities, which will primarily serve as a prescription fulfillment center with more than one million shipments per year, by the end of the first quarter 2007 and will phase in operations throughout the year.