Anderson Center Opens 'World of Opportunity'

Posted: Updated:
ANDERSON -

Anderson leaders say the growing Purdue Polytechnic Institute continues to pay dividends. Officials have cut the ribbon on the new $15 million Flagship East facility, which Mayor Tom Broderick says keeps the city "at the forefront of innovation." Also today, Switzerland-based energy storage technology company Leclanché officially opened a new research and manufacturing facility at the center. The company makes products ranging from vehicle charging stations to grid storage system technology.

In interviews with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Broderick and Leclanché Chief Operating Officer Thom Reddington say the center and the company are helping diversify Anderson's economy.

Broderick says Anderson learned its lesson from the most recent recession "not to put all of our eggs in one basket." He says that's why it is important to work with the city's manufacturers and educational institutions, including Purdue, Anderson University and Ivy Tech Community College, to make sure Anderson's work force is trained on cutting-edge technologies.

Leclanché's 10,000 square-foot facility also features testing and manufacturing space, offices and a customer demonstration area. The company was founded in 1909 and has energy storage projects around the world, including an electric vehicle fast-charging station network along the Trans-Canada Highway and battery storage technology for what it says is the world's fastest air support ferry in Europe. It also has grid storage systems near Chicago and Toronto.

Reddington says he chose to help  grow Leclanché in Anderson because of his strong ties to the city.

"What satisfies me is to bring jobs back to the area," says Reddington. "I worked in China for Delphi, I worked in Europe, I worked in Mexico, I've done all that. I'm trying to bring jobs back here to where I live and where I'm from."

Flagship Enterprise Center Chief Executive Officer Charles Staley says the project is a "seamless partnership of academic, business, and government resources." Construction began on the center began in September 2015. It has been open to students since January.

The center is located at the former General Motors Delco Remy Plant 3 site.

  • Perspectives

    • 2018: A Year of Change For Indiana's Broadband

      If you had asked me 10 years ago what the internet would look like in 2018, I’m certain I would not have predicted the major players driving internet usage today – primarily because those drivers were in their infancy at the time. Netflix, for example, had just launched an online streaming service in 2008 to complement its then-groundbreaking (and Blockbuster-destroying) DVD-by-mail service. Today, Netflix streaming consumes 15 percent of the world’s internet...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Marketing Company Bringing New Jobs to Indy

      A Miami-based marketing agency founded by two Indiana University graduates has big growth plans in Indianapolis. Terraboost Media says it will invest more than $1 million to lease and equip a facility and create up to 150 jobs by 2020. The company has more than 3,600 clients throughout the United States, and operations in Miami, Chicago and San Francisco. The company has a network of more than 65,000 patented, hand-sanitizing ad displays throughout the...

    • Makerspace, Design Center Coming to Fishers

      A planned design center and makerspace in Fishers will target what its founder calls a "labor crisis" in the home building and design industry. David Decker says the $14 million Hub and Spoke will have showroom, office and warehouse space for member companies along with what he calls a one-of-a-kind makerspace for hobbyists, entrepreneurs and students. He says the makerspace will serve as a "shop class on steroids" and offer equipment including...

    • More than 90 companies are part of the organization.

      Group to Bring Tech Voice to Statehouse

      Some of the biggest names and businesses in Indiana's tech sector are coming together to launch an organization to advocate for the industry with state leaders. The Indiana Technology & Innovation Association says it will push for policies to ensure the state has a strong infrastructure for tech companies to start, enough capital for them to grow and enough talent for them to sustain and scale. First Internet Bank Chief Executive Officer David Becker, who will serve as...

    • 2018: A Year of Change For Indiana's Broadband

      If you had asked me 10 years ago what the internet would look like in 2018, I’m certain I would not have predicted the major players driving internet usage today – primarily because those drivers were in their infancy at the time. Netflix, for example, had just launched an online streaming service in 2008 to complement its then-groundbreaking (and Blockbuster-destroying) DVD-by-mail service. Today, Netflix streaming consumes 15 percent of the world’s internet...

    • Indy Library to Break Ground on New Branch

      The Indianapolis Public Library will Tuesday break ground on its new Brightwood Branch on the city's east side. The nearly $6 million facility will replace the existing branch which has been open since 1972. The new 15,000-square-foot branch is part of several capital improvements listed in the Library's Strategic Plan through 2022. It will feature modernized spaces for an expanded collection, activities for children and teens, job search assistance, public computer access...