Indianapolis-based tech startup DroneDek is planning to establish its headquarters in the city of Lawrence. DroneDek’s founder and chief executive officer, Dan O’Toole, says the startup needed a centrally-located facility where it can grow and “contribute to a strong tech foundation.”
DroneDek says it plans to completely redevelop a vacant building on Shadeland Avenue to serve as its global headquarters. The site will be improved to include landscaping, major façade upgrades, new signage, and electrical improvement, among other upgrades.
“The innovative technology of DRONEDEK’s delivery system will create a new high-tech convenience for our entire community,” said Mayor Steve Collier.
In addition to the capital investment in building repairs, the startup says it intends to create up to 85 new, high paying jobs over the next five years.
“DRONDEK’s selection of the City of Lawrence for the development of its new corporate headquarters, particularly understanding the implications of its technology to shape the face of logistics operations going forward, serves as another validation that Lawrence is a great place for technology companies to locate and operate,” said Economic Development Director Dan Zuerner. “We are humbled by the commitments and support of the City’s initiatives DRONEDEK has made to date, and look forward to continued great partnership to insure their Company’s success.”
DroneDek holds the first U.S. utility patent in drone package receiving and storage. The startup says it plans to use its design for a smart, secured drone receptacle for package delivery.
The company first announced its intentions to locate in Lawrence last month.