Six months ago, vehicle parts manufacturer Keihin North America announced it would move its corporate headquarters to Anderson's Flagship Enterprise Center, 2701 Enterprise Drive.
Now, "We're officially here," said vice president Greg Young, after cutting a blue ribbon to dedicate the facility Friday afternoon.
The Honda supplier said in January it would move to Anderson, consolidating its offices in Fishers and Greenfield and eventually bringing between 130 and 175 management, engineering, and development jobs.
[Photo: Greg Young, vice president and director of Keihin North America, presents Anderson University President Dr. James L. Edwards and Provost Dr. Marie Morris with a donation of $10,000 for AU's new engineering program on Friday, June 14. Credit: Don Knight/The Herald Bulletin]
Anderson was the "middle point" between the two offices, Young said. That, coupled with the city's history with technology and engineering, made the decision easy.
It's a city on the move, and is "trying to build its international flavor," he said. Keihin, a Japanese company, is the latest addition to an increasingly cosmopolitan business park that also includes companies from Switzerland, Germany, and Israel.
"Anderson over the last few years, has really become a global city; I'm proud of that." Mayor Kevin Smith said. He also touted the mold-breaking Flagship, which has helped Madison County keep pace with larger nearby urban areas, such as Muncie or Indianapolis.
Flagship CEO Chuck Staley said Keihin was a boon for the park, linking it to suppliers, distributors, and major economic centers worldwide, and offering "collaboration, image for our community, high-paying jobs, (and) educational connection with Anderson University."
Keihin has said it plans to contribute to the research, development, and creative partnership between Flagship and nearby colleges, such as Purdue and Anderson universities, both of which have offices in the building's academic wing.
Friday, the company cemented its partnership with AU via a $10,000 check toward better equipping the school's labs, in preparation for its new engineering program. When it launches this fall, the program will offer bachelor's degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering.
Young said he hopes the school will become a resource — a highly-skilled pool of graduates, who might one day come to work for Keihin.
Over two-thirds of AU grads go on to work in Indiana, "but we want that number to go higher," said Provost Dr. Marie Morris, who accepted the check at the ceremony with AU President Dr. James Edwards.
"We're looking very much forward to that relationship (Keihin will have) with our engineering students," she said.
— Baylee Pulliam is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Story reposted with permission.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.