By Heather Lusk
Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation is moving its distribution and warehouse operations to All Points at Anson in Whitestown and plans to create up to 231 jobs by 2023.
The facility will combine operations currently located in Champaign, Ill. and Memphis, Tenn. Employees impacted by the closings are encouraged to apply for jobs in Indiana.
Rockwell Automation, an industrial automation company, will invest more than $16.4 million into the 369,000-square-foot facility, expected to open in spring 2019. Kuehne + Nagel, a logistics company based in Switzerland, will operate the facility.
“We’re excited to partially fill this All Points at Anson building,” said Molly Whitehead, Boone County Economic Development Corp. spokesperson. “It’s one of the larger ones we have on the market and has remained vacant for some time.”
Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people and serves customers in more than 80 nations.
“Two of (Rockwell Automation’s) other facilities consolidating is a good opportunity for Indiana as well,” Whitehead said.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Rockwell Automation up to $1.75 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The incentives are performance-based, meaning the company is not eligible to receive incentives until Hoosiers are hired.
The Town of Whitestown and Boone County additionally approved a six-year personal property tax abatement, saving the company $400,000 but bringing roughly the same amount back to the community, according to Whitehead.
According to the Indiana Economic Development Corp., in the past five years 40 companies have committed to locating or growing in Boone County and collectively plan to invest $719 million and create up to 5,201 new jobs.