ZIONSVILLE - Zionsville-based Gravel Conveyors Inc. has announced plans to expand. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says the company, which manufactures commercial materials placement machines, will invest nearly $7.5 million to add to its Boone County facility and create nearly 40 jobs by the end of 2022. Doing business as GCI Slingers, the company specializes in building and assembling mobile conveyors and hydraulic systems and says increasing demand from its Midwest client base led to the expansion.

GCI Slingers will add 10,000 square feet to its existing 20,000-square-foot facility in Zionsville. The new space will house a paint booth and additional production equipment.

"Gravel Conveyors is happy to be growing in Zionsville," said GCI Slingers president Travis Pettijohn. "As a Hoosier-bred company, we are privileged to serve our slinger customers every mile, every minute, every day. We exist to simplify, maximize and accelerate our clients' construction abilities. All of this would not have been possible without the partnership and willingness of the state of Indiana and the city of Zionsville."

Construction on the addition is expected to begin later this year and be complete by 2022.

GCI Slingers currently employs 25 in Zionsville. The company is currently hiring for a variety of positions, including heavy equipment operators, CDL drivers, handlers, fabricators and welders, among others.

The IEDC has offered GCI Slingers up to $275,000 in conditional tax credits, which the company will not be eligible to claim until Hoosier workers are hired for the new jobs. The town of Zionsville is also supporting the project.