Tower Manufacturer Moving Texas Operations To Indiana

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

Nello makes meteorological towers (MET towers) for wind farm projects.

Nello Corporation, Inc., a global designer and fabricator of galvanized steel towers and poles, announced plans to relocate its Fort Worth, TX operations to Indiana, creating up to 639 new jobs by 2023.

The South Bend-headquartered company plans to invest millions of dollars to move its Texas operations to a 200,000 square-foot facility in South Bend, with the facility expected to be constructed by the early part of next year. The relocation will also include the construction of an additional 250,000 square-foot facility in South Bend at the same location of the initial expansion, expected to be constructed in the next five years. Nello anticipates additional expansion of its corporate headquarters in downtown South Bend and expects the completion of the relocation to take place over the next year and a half.

“Indiana’s private sector continues to stand head and shoulders above our neighbors, growing at twice the national rate while attracting businesses from across the United States,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “Global companies like Nello recognize they have an abundance of location choices. Its decision to locate its Texas operations here is the latest proof that Indiana, with our central location coupled with a competitive tax environment and the best workforce in the nation, continues to be a state that works over the long haul.”

Nello, which currently has two manufacturing facilities located in Bremen, IN, plans to begin hiring manufacturing, information technology, engineering and administrative positions next year.

“We are fortunate that our company has had and maintained rapid growth and expansion every year since our inception,” said Dan Ianello, president of Nello. “Our main goal was to locate and establish a permanent home for our company’s continued expansion while simultaneously improving our ability to reach our customers in a timely fashion and deliver a superior product to our growing customer base.”

Founded in 2002 by Ianello, Nello designs and manufactures galvanized steel towers and poles. One of the largest tower providers in the wireless communications industry, the company produces more than 1,000 structures annually, growing at a rate of 25 percent per year. Nello serves customers such as Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and AT&T.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Nello Corporation, Inc. up to $2,900,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $75,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of South Bend will consider additional incentives.

“Nello’s decision to consolidate operations in South Bend accelerates the city’s growth in advanced manufacturing,” said South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal. “As Nello’s investment brings more good jobs to South Bend, the company will continue to fuel the momentum strengthening the city’s economy.”