By Chris Bavender
A Nebraska-based company plans to open its first Indiana facility in Whitestown. Timpte Inc. will build a 12,100 square foot facility near Exit 133 off I-65 on South Indianapolis Road. The project will cost about $2.2 million.
Founded in 1884, Timpte is the largest manufacturer of dry bulk commodity hopper bottom trailers in North America. The Whitestown facility will include factory-direct sales of new and used hopper bottom trailers as well as six full-service bays and over-the-counter parts sales.
“Whitestown has a terrific location logistically, which continues to make us very attractive to companies of all types,” said Tanya Sumner, director of public relations for the Town of Whitestown. “We also have a reputation for being easy to work with and we offer speed-to-market, which is very important to business owners in today’s fast-paced business environment.”
“Timpte is thrilled to announce the expansion of our unique network of factory-direct trailer sales and aftermarket support facilities into the great state of Indiana,” Dale Jones, president and CEO of Timpte, stated in a press release. “We look forward to working more closely with both existing and new clients in this fast-growing region of the country.”
The project is expected to create 14 jobs between now and 2021.
“These jobs will pay about $26 per hour. We value good employment opportunities such as these, no matter how many,” Sumner said. “We strive to make sure that new jobs being created here in Whitestown pay enough that employees can afford to live and work in our community.”
Construction could begin in August. Timpte will join about a dozen other companies in the area off Exit 133. Whitestown was recently recognized as the fastest-growing community in Indiana for the seventh consecutive year. Sumner said part of the continuing attraction for companies is that the town’s location is ideal for business needs.
“We are willing to work with companies who are willing to make an investment and bring good paying jobs to our community,” Sumner said.