By Chris Bavender
Brooks Running Company is set to break ground on a new footwear and apparel distribution center in Whitestown this fall. The company announced Aug. 9 it would relocate the warehouse – currently in Sumner, Wash. – to Boone County. The move will create more than 130 new jobs.
The Boone County Economic Development Corp. worked for several months on the project. The site was one of three finalists for the warehouse.
“It’s always exciting to win a deal and welcome a well-known brand name company into our community,” said Molly Whitehead, executive director of the Boone County EDC. “They will not only bring new jobs and capital into the community but Brooks has a robust corporate giving program/policy as well. We just really believe they will be good community partners.”
Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton said the town is “thrilled to welcome Brooks Sports into our Whitestown e-commerce family.”
“Brooks will be a nice addition as they take their place next to already well known and established businesses like Amazon, GNC and AmerisourceBergen, just to name a few,” Norton said. “In the past few years, we’ve seen unimaginable growth in our industrial sector, proving once again that Whitestown is not only a great place to start and grow a business, but a community that employees thrive in and enjoy being a part of.”
The Seattle-based company will build a new 400,000-square-foot facility in the AllPoints at Anson Business Park..
“With Whitestown being the fastest growing community in Indiana for many years now and proving to be a good location for individuals and families, that certainly helps us in economic development efforts,” Whitehead said. “Employers want to know they have the work force they need in a certain time frame or distance. We can show companies that because of where we are geographically located – between Lafayette and Indianapolis – we are able to pull from two metropolitan areas for employees, so that is another benefit we bring to the table.”
Norton said any time 130 new jobs are added to the community it’s exciting.
“New jobs can potentially bring new residents and consumers to an already booming environment that continues to prosper and flourish as the quickest growing area, not only in Boone County, but in all of Indiana,” he said. “Whitestown is and will continue to be a destination spot for corporations and private citizens alike.”
Landing another well known company such as Brooks only helps the EDC in continuing to market the area, Whitehead said.
“One of the questions we often get asked is what are the other companies in the area, and it says something positive about the workforce and the overall business climate,” Whitehead said. “We have the land companies would be able to build new buildings on and the work force as well, which is certainly helpful to us. It’s a good time to be in Boone County.”
The distribution center is set to open in early 2019.