Italpollina plans Anderson expansion

9/8/17 Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON – Even before
Italpollina starts production
at its U.S. headquarters in
Anderson, the Italian company
is planning additional
investments in the city.
Italpol l ina CEO Luca
Bonini told the Anderson
Redevelopment Commission
on Tuesday that the firm
is investing more than $6
million in Anderson with
plans to expand to a second
production facility and a nextgeneration
greenhouse.
The company is constructing
the 70,000-square-foot
facility at an estimated cost
of $4.5 million and Italpollina
planned an initial investment
of $4.7 million in equipment.
“The plant is 99 percent
ready and we hope to start production
by the end of the year,”
Bonini said. “All the equipment
is tailor-made bio-tech
machinery and technology.
“We’re investing $6 million,
which is more than we
expected,” he said. “This is a
unique plant in the world. Our
plant in Italy is not as sophisticated
as the Anderson facility.”
When production starts,
Bonini said, the company
plans to run two or three
shifts around the clock to
maximize output.
Italpollina’s second phase
will be another 70,000-squarefoot
building to the north of the
existing facility and west of
Purdue Polytechnic Institute.
“Anderson will be the
research and development
center,” Bonini said. “We are
considering an investment in
northern Indiana. All three
investments are important
to us. We’re not changing our
commitment to Anderson.”
Greg Winkler, executive
director of the Anderson
Economic Development
Department, said there is an
option agreement with Scatterfield
LLC to purchase the
additional property from the
Anderson Redevelopment
Commission.
Bonini said Italpollina is
applying for new market tax
credits for the second Anderson
facility.
Winkler said construction
has to start by the end of March
to qualify for the tax credits.
Italpollina intends to hire
35 employees by the end of
2019.
Italpollina is a world leader
in the production of organic
fertilizers, biostimulants of
vegetal origin and beneficial
microorganisms.
Bonini said Italpollina
introduced its product in the
United States several years
ago and wanted to establish a
factory in the U.S.
The Anderson Redevelopment
Commission had
previously approved an
option with Italpollina for
the possible purchase of an
additional 10 acres.
The commission would sell
the land to the developers for
$1,000 per acre