Rockwell Automation will invest more than $16.4 million to establish operations in Whitestown, IN, moving current operations in Champaign, IL and Memphis, TN to Indiana. With its growth, the Fortune 500 company specializing in industrial automation and information plans to create up to 231 new jobs by the end of 2023.
“Rockwell Automation is pleased to be developing its state-of-the-art distribution center in Whitestown, Indiana,” said Robert Murphy, senior vice president of operations at Rockwell Automation. “The company is proud to be providing an opportunity to add 200+ jobs to the local community.”
Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation will renovate and equip a 369,000-square-foot facility in the All Points at Anson development along I-65 in Whitestown. The new facility will serve as a distribution and warehouse operation for the company, consolidating its existing distribution centers in Illinois and Tennessee to enhance efficiencies and meet growing demand for its products, including its flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® brands, that help companies optimize plant performance and improve productivity.
The company, which plans to be fully operational in Indiana by the spring of 2019, will partner with Switzerland-based Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world’s leading logistics companies, to operate the facility. Rockwell Automation plans to close its other facilities in 2019 and will assist current employees in applying for similar positions in Indiana. The company plans to begin hiring for its Whitestown facility in the next few weeks.
“Indiana’s central location, pro-growth business climate and skilled workforce continue to attract leading companies from around the world,” said Gov. Eric Holcomb. “With the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation and a thriving tech ecosystem, Indiana is positioned to be a leader in smart manufacturing. We look forward to Rockwell Automation joining the Indiana team and being a critical resource for our 8,500 manufacturers across the state.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Rockwell Automation up to $1.75 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that the company is not eligible to receive incentives until Hoosiers are hired. The town of Whitestown and Boone County will consider additional incentives for Kuehne + Nagel at the request of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation.
“Located off I-65 just minutes from Indianapolis, Whitestown is logistically an ideal location for Rockwell Automation to locate,” said Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton. “We look forward to welcoming such an innovative company to the fastest growing community in Indiana.”
Over the last five years, 40 companies have committed to locating or growing in Boone County, together planning to invest $719 million and create up to 5,201 new jobs. Japan-based MonoSol is establishing operations in Lebanon, creating up to 89 new jobs; Brooks Running Company is opening a new distribution center in Whitestown, creating more than 130 new jobs; and AmerisourceBergen recently opened a new distribution facility in Whitestown, which will create more than 120 new jobs.
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