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January 16, 2013

Keihin North America consolidating sites into Anderson facility

Bringing 130 to 175 jobs

ANDERSON, Ind. — Auto engine management and climate control systems manufacturer Keihin North America plans to open in Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center, officials announced Wednesday.

In its announcement, Keihin officials said they would be consolidating its corporate headquarters to Anderson, following a six-year courtship involving the city, Flagship and the Corporation for Economic Development.

Since 2009, they’d operated at two sites: Crosspoint Office Park in Fishers and a manufacturing site in Greenfield.

Keihin general manager of administration Matt McLaughlin said most, if not all, of the 130 to 175 expected management, engineering and development employees in Anderson would be transfers from those facilities.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the Anderson Redevelopment Commission said the company had signed a six-year lease with Flagship.

“This is a done deal,” said Flagship president and CEO Chuck Staley.

McLaughlin said the company hopes to begin operations April 1, when it takes over the second floor and part of the first floor in the main Flagship building.

ARC also voted unanimously to approve roughly $1.3 million in tenant improvements and rent abatement for the company, drawn from the city’s Tax Increment Financing funds. Over six years, taxpayers would come out nearly $700,000 ahead, said city economic development head Greg Winkler, since there would be an extra roughly $1.1 million in certified tech park state payroll tax from company employees.

Because it’s in the auto industry, Staley also said Keihin would likely work with Honda plastic components supplier, Greenville Technology, Inc., which will have its grand opening at Flagship Friday.

The Japanese company will join an increasingly international set of developers at Flagship, he said.

“To me, this demonstrates that Anderson and Madison County can compete in the global economy,” he said. “These international companies are choosing to move here.”

Mayor Kevin Smith said the announcement “elevates Anderson’s status as a regional employer” and continues an on-going effort to boost the city’s economic development. “Our goal is to maintain momentum,” he said.

McLaughlin said that effort was one reason the company decided to relocate.

“We saw there were big things happening in Anderson,” he said. “We want to be a part of that and help make it happen.”

Find Baylee Pulliam on Facebook, on Twitter @BayleeNPulliam or call 648-4250.

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