Salesforce expanding in Indiana despite religious law uproar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Business software company Salesforce says it will add perhaps 800 jobs in the coming years to its Indianapolis workforce after threatening last year to reduce investment in Indiana over its religious objections law.

The San Francisco-based company said Friday it’s also putting its name on the state’s tallest building, changing the downtown 48-story Chase Tower to Salesforce Tower Indianapolis.

Salesforce now has more than 1,000 Indiana employees, a legacy of its 2013 purchase of Indianapolis-based ExactTarget for more than $2.3 billion.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle says the expansion couldn’t have happened without revisions to the state law last year that protected an Indianapolis ordinance banning discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Opponents of the state’s religious objections law maintained it sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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