Airfreight container company comes to Anderson IN

By Rick Yencer

ANDERSON, IN - A new airfreight container company run by a well known Indiana entrepreneur is opening a new assembly plant in Anderson, creating 175 jobs over the next four years.

 Mayor Kevin Smith lauded the entry of Impact Container and its plans for a manufacturing operation at 1735 W. 53rd St. and a $1 million investment in production and manufacturing equipment.

 "Impact Container builds an innovative product and Anderson has the employees to make it successful," said Smith, welcoming Impact to the Anderson business community.

 Michael Bartrom, founder and president of Impact Container, announced the new venture Friday, talking about how he planned to fabricate and assemble airfreight containers at the local site. Bartrom also owns Computer Age Engineering, a manufacturing engineering company in Marion that was started in 1985. And he has been looking around eastern Indiana recently to start the container business.

 Bartrom went to the Anderson Board of Woks this week with the project The city is giving a $200,000 forgivable loan from its food and beverage budget to create the jobs with a $1 million investment. The jobs pay an average of $16 an hour. He also agreed to lease the space for 10 years. 

 Impact will begins putting together  the project in coming months and has a patented aerospace composite material developed by an aerospace company that protects it from competition.

 The composite is significantly lighter and stronger than material used in airfreight containers and will increase the payload capacity of containers and reduce fuel costs. And that strength will prolong the life of the costly containers.

 Greg Winkler, interim economic development director, said the company had all the successful qualifications for a new manufacturing firm and already has a first product order with a major customer. He also lauded Bartrom's leadership and business experience.

 Impact Container is the latest of a string of big business growth in Anderson that was hard hit by the end of auto parts manufacturing by Delco Remy and Guide Lamp.

 Nestle USA just announced plans last week to increase its production at the Anderson plant and has nearly 700 people working there. And Honda supplier, Greenville Technology, just announced a new plant with a $21 million investment and 325 new jobs.



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