Keihin North American headquarters comes to Anderson IN.
By Rick Yencer
ANDERSON, IN - Keihin North American is bring its headquarters to the popular Flagship Enterprise Center in collaboration with Anderson and Purdue universities and the nearly 175 development, engineering and management jobs that go with it.
It is the second company from Fishers that decided to move to the new Indy metro area of south Anderson that has boomed with Nestle' in recent years. Hy-Pro Filtration announced plans last fall to relocate to south Anderson.
Greg S. Young, vice president of Keihin North America, talked about the Honda supplier's plans to the Anderson Redevelopment Commission. The city plans to invest $1.6 million in leasehold improvements to the new headquarters and then abate the first two years of the company's lease.
"We see this as a unique opportunity to consolidate our management, research, engineering and development teams at a great locations supporting about manufacturing, sales and logistic operations in North America," said Young, who also was impressed by the technology available by the universities.
Greg Winkler, interim economic development director, explained the city worked for years in attracting the headquarters to the community, And he said Keihin was very thoughtful in its business, and he believed if the headquarters relocated to Anderson, other Keihin business would come.
Mayor Kevin Smith hoped the new development would establish the community as a premiere engineering center, explaining multi-national companies like Keihin would put Anderson on the map.
Keihin has a plan down the interstate in Muncie has employees about 334 people making heating and air conditioning units for Hondas.
Terry Murphy, vice president of economic development for the Muncie-Delaware Economic Development Alliance, said rent was a driving factor in the move that was more economical than Fishers.
And the headquarters, he said, could be closer to its workforce, adding the local plant was in no danger of leaving.
Keihin, like other second level suppliers to Honda, still might expand after Honda announced expansion plans at its Greensburg plant last year. Other Honda suppliers already have added employees and production orders for the Honda assembly plant.