Rockwell Automation Locates Operations Hub in Whitestown, Indiana

7 June 2018

Rockwell Automation, a company specializing in industrial automation and information, plans to establish operations in Whitestown, Boone County, Indiana. The company will move its current operations from Champaign, Illinois, and Memphis, Tennessee, with plans to create up to 231 new jobs by the end of 2023.

?Rockwell Automation, headquartered in Milwaukee, will invest more than $16.4 million to renovate and equip a 369,000-square-foot facility at 4255 S. 500 E. in the All Points at Anson development along I-65 in Whitestown.

“Rockwell Automation is pleased to be developing its state-of-the-art distribution center in Whitestown, Indiana," said Robert Murphy, Senior Vice President of operations at Rockwell Automation. "The company is proud to be providing an opportunity to add 200+ jobs to the local community.”

The new facility will serve as a distribution and warehouse operation for the company, consolidating its existing distribution centers in Illinois and Tennessee to enhance efficiencies and meet growing demand for its products, including its flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® brands, that help companies optimize plant performance and improve productivity.

The company, which plans to be fully operational in Indiana by the spring of 2019, will partner with Switzerland-based Kuehne + Nagel, one of the world's leading logistics companies, to operate the facility. Rockwell Automation plans to close its other facilities in 2019 and will assist current employees in applying for similar positions in Indiana. The company plans to begin hiring for its Whitestown facility in the next few weeks.

As an incentive, Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Rockwell Automation up to $1.75 million in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that the company is not eligible to receive incentives until Hoosiers are hired. The town of Whitestown and Boone County will consider additional incentives for Kuehne + Nagel at the request of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation.

“Located off I-65 just minutes from Indianapolis, Whitestown is logistically an ideal location for Rockwell Automation to locate,” said Whitestown Town Manager Dax Norton. “We look forward to welcoming such an innovative company to the fastest growing community in Indiana.”