Commerce Park is filling up quite nicely after a joint announcement Friday from Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton and representatives from AMERICAN Flow Control. They announced the formation of AMERICAN Innovation, LLC and construction of a 30,000-square-foot research and development facility to be named the AMERICAN Flow Control Center for Innovative Excellence. AMERICAN Flow Control is the valve and hydrant division of AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company. The facility is the latest addition to the Crawfordsville Commerce Park. Barton said that there are just four lots without current development plans at the park on the north side of town.
Barton said that there will be a tax abatement request before the City Council Monday.
“It’s really nothing out of the ordinary for what we do,” Barton said. “There are different ways to slice it and this is one where he had to be a little creative.”
Barton said that the search for a location started out nationwide and ended up here.
“Taxes are an issue you have to think about because you’re competing with other states who sometimes have better tax structure,” he said.
AMERICAN Innovation will join Ivy Tech and the soon-to-open Kids Count at Commerce Park. IMPA is developing a solar park and Barton said the AMERICAN Innovation project will take four lots.
AMERICAN Innovation, LLC plans to invest $9 to $12 million and employ eight research and development personnel within one year of the project completion. Nestled on 17 acres, operations will feature state-of-the-art equipment and technologies for enhancing existing valve and hydrant products, as well as developing new infrastructure related products. “This center will expand our research and design functions, allowing us to fast track innovations to get products to market more quickly,” said John Hagelskamp, AMERICAN Flow Control division sales manager. “We chose Crawfordsville in part because of its easily accessible location and proximity to several major engineering schools.”
Barton said officials have been working on the project for a year and that ground breaking was expected this summer.
“They’ve been doing a lot of the work behind the scenes,” he said.
“We’re thrilled AMERICAN Innovation has selected Crawfordsville as the destination for its new research and design center,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “With a highly-skilled pipeline of talent coming from our renowned universities with high-ranking engineering programs, Indiana is the ideal location for companies like AMERICAN Innovation to locate and develop new solutions that will propel business forward for years to come.”
“Engineering and STEM-related jobs are exactly the kinds of talent opportunities we want to attract to our community,” said Barton. “We’ve worked hard to build a stronger business environment and higher quality of life that is attractive to this type of corporate investment.”