TOWN CONTINUES TO ATTRACT MAJOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Signs of Plainfield's continuing economic development and progress are as close as the town's eastside distribution and industrial district. Fast-growing local businesses as well as global technology manufacturers and distributors have discovered that Plainfield's infrastructure and proximity to Indianapolis, the Indianapolis International airport, and major highway systems make it the perfect combiÂnation for their own growth plans.
“As these companies relocate or expand in Plainfield, says Harold Gutzwiller, Executive Director for the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership, “they bring more than just "big box"; operations; they bring large numbers of jobs, many of them high-paying. This is significant, adds Robin Brandgard, president of the Plainfield Town Council, because these workers typically choose to live and raise their families here as well.
Here are just a few of the companies who have recently made strong commitments to their own futures and to the future of Plainfield:
Whirlpool, the global leader in manufacturing and marketing major home appliances (under brand names such as Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air and Amana), has announced an expansion to its 805,000 square-foot national parts distribution and operations center here. Adding to their current workforce of 419 employees, Whirlpool plans 158 new jobs by December 2008.
“This is the latest example,“ says Brandgard, “of an existing corporate citizen reinvesting in our community and providing excellent employment opportunities for our residents.“
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD)
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday, July 12 to kick off the opening of BD's new 655,000-square foot Midwest distribution center on 62 acres in the Plainfield Business Park. BD is a technolÂogy manufacturer of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. Their new Plainfield site will take the place of their Park 100 Indianapolis facility. The $40 million capital investment project is expected to add 70 new jobs to the current 94 by 2012.
Larry P. Smith, the company's Vice President of Supply Chain and Customer Service stated that BD “couldn't be more pleased to relocate and expand here in Plainfield.“
Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, Inc. (BD&A)
BD&A, which provides marketing services and promotional merchandise to major sports leagues and global brands such as AOL, Bank of America, Dell, Eli Lilly and Company, ExxonMobil and FedEx, recently announced plans for a new high-tech distribution and order fulfillment center here.
The center will locate in an existing 150,000 square-foot facility, and should be fully operational by the first quarter of 2008, creating more than 50 new jobs in the process.
According to Jay Deutsch, CEO of BD&A, “This modern facility provides BD&A with the ability to take on more clients and add more services. We want to sincerely thank the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Hendricks County, and the City of Plainfield, whose assistance was invaluable in taking this distribution center from concept to reality in a very short period of time.“
Brandgard adds that, “BD&A's investment here is evidence that we can compete successfully in the global competition for jobs.“
Covidien (formerly Tyco Healthcare) is a global manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, diagnostic imaging agents and pharmaceuticals. Covidien plans to transfer 60 jobs here from Plymouth, Minnesota. Covidien's Plainfield facility manufactures the HELiOS® Personal Oxygen System.
Mt. Olive Manufacturing
Mt. Olive Manufacturing established in Plainfield in March of 2006 and continues to grow their local workforce (currently nearly 20). The company produces heat-sealed products including bags, pouches, and air and fluid collection bladders for medical, aerospace, retail and automotive markets.