Carvana plans to build a $40 million distribution center in Bessemer that will create more than 450 jobs.

The online auto retailer will use the Bessemer hub to deliver used cars in Alabama and surrounding states. The Bessemer hub will also coordinate with other regional hubs to move inventory across the nation. Vehicles will be inspected, reconditioned and photographed at the Bessemer hub.

“We have been working hard to position Alabama as a prime destination for fast-growing growing e-commerce companies needing a first-class infrastructure network for their distribution operations,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “We are thrilled that Carvana has selected Bessemer for its newest state-of-the-art distribution hub and look forward to building a partnership with this innovative company.”

The Carvana facility is scheduled to be constructed on a privately owned site in Bessemer, a former industrial center about 45 miles east of Tuscaloosa.

The news release says that workers at the Bessemer hub will earn an average annual salary of more than $35,000.

“We’ve enjoyed tremendous success in Bessemer when it comes to recruiting companies to our city, whether it be Dollar General in 2011 or most recently Amazon,” Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley said. Amazon is building 855,000-square-foot distribution center scheduled to open next year in Bessemer.

“We’re tremendously excited about Carvana joining this growing list of companies, especially because Carvana will be creating jobs that will offer great wages and benefits that will afford residents of Bessemer an opportunity to work hard and provide a great life for their families,” Gulley said.

Carvana.com allows customers to shop more than 15,000 vehicles online. Customers can finance, purchase, then select next-day delivery or pickup. Carvana says the process can take as little as five minutes and can be done from a home computer or a smartphone.