Auto Supplier Moving HQ to Anderson

January 16, 2013

A vehicle engine management and climate control systems company is planning to move its headquarters from Fishers to Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center. Keihin North America intends to employ up to 175 at the facility by the middle of the year. Flagship Chief Executive Officer Chuck Staley says recent deals with Keihin and Greenville Technology Inc. show Anderson can “compete in a global forum and win.”

(Anderson, Ind.) – Over the next five months, Keihin North America (KNA) will bring between 130 to 175 management, engineering and development jobs to Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center –enhancing the collaborative research, development, and creative environment between Anderson University, Purdue University, students, faculty, and Flagship’s technology companies.

During a special Anderson Redevelopment Commission meeting held January 15, Greg S. Young, Vice President Keihin North America, shared with Commission members, elected officials, and members of the public, the company’s plans to relocate its North American Headquarters operation, including research, development, engineering, and management, from their current Fishers Indiana location to Anderson’s Flagship Enterprise Center.

“We see this as a unique opportunity to consolidate our management, research, engineering, and development teams at a great location supporting our ongoing manufacturing, sales, and logistical operations in North America, while becoming part of a dynamic and creative technology campus,” said Greg S. Young in his presentation to the Commissioners.

“The addition of the management, research, engineering, and development services of a technology company such as Keihin will provide an expanded role for the Flagship, as we seek to provide internships, grow technology companies, and launch those companies into the greater market place,” said Chuck Staley, President and CEO, Flagship, after sharing his vision in Flagship’s expanding role in Anderson and its continued mission to create a “Technology Center of Excellence.” Flagship plans to achieve this goal by combining its ongoing support of technology startups with academic support from Anderson and Purdue University along with commercialization through companies like Keihin.

Greg Winkler, Interim Economic Development Director, noted that this is an opportunity that dates back to the previous Smith administration, as the City, Flagship, and CED have continued to court this company over the past six years.

“Great multi-national companies, such as Keihin, are very thoughtful in their decision making. Requiring our economic development team to play the beginning, middle, and end games to the very best of our ability to win opportunities such as this,” said Winkler. “It is our belief that with their headquarters located in Anderson, other Keihin related opportunities will follow in the years to come.”

Winkler has asked members of the Redevelopment Commission to support the Flagship by contributing up to $1.3 million in available TIF funds to assist with tenant improvements and to assist in abating the first two years of Keihin’s six year lease.

“We are very grateful to welcome Keihin to Anderson,” Mayor Kevin S. Smith said. “Anderson’s ability to attract global companies continues to build our city’s reputation as an important engineering center across the State and Nation – and as the right place for new jobs and investment.”

Stan Elser, Executive Vice President, Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate Services represented Keihin in the transaction.

Source: City of Anderson