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

    • Sign Up For 'my Social Security' - It's a No-Brainer!

      Your current age or status doesn't matter. If you've earned a paycheck at some time in your life, keeping tabs on what the Social Security Administration shows you've earned just makes good sense. But does the thought of waiting in line at the Social Security office make you cringe? Then don't do it! Now there's another option...

    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

    • Sign Up For 'my Social Security' - It's a No-Brainer!

      Your current age or status doesn't matter. If you've earned a paycheck at some time in your life, keeping tabs on what the Social Security Administration shows you've earned just makes good sense. But does the thought of waiting in line at the Social Security office make you cringe? Then don't do it! Now there's another option...

    • Opioid Withdrawal Treatment Lands FDA Clearance

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given clearance for a medical device developed in Indiana to help treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal. The device, known as the NSS-2 BRIDGE, was created by Innovative Health Solutions Inc. in Versailles.

    • Coal Loading Facility Planned For Princeton

      A subsidiary of Denver-based Hallador Energy Co. (Nasdaq: HNRG) has announced plans to construct a new truck-to-rail coal loading facility near Princeton. Sunrise Coal LLC in Terre Haute says the facility, known as the Princeton Loop, is expected to be complete in the spring of 2018. 

    • Blackhawks, Bruins to Play at Notre Dame Stadium

      Notre Dame Stadium will be the site of a high-profile National Hockey League game next season. The league has announced the University of Notre Dame will host the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the game to be the "largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams." Notre Dame Stadium can hold some 80,000 fans, providing "an ideal setting..."

    • Hoosier Businesses Among 'Most Respected'

      Three Indiana companies are listed among their respective industries on an annual list for corporate reputation. The World's Most Respected Companies from FORTUNE are determined by nine factors that are voted on by executives from 680 companies in 28 countries. None of the businesses based in Indiana made FORTUNE's Top 50 "All-Star" list.