Columbus, Indiana | Lindal Group has finalized its plan to expand in the U.S. market by building a $20 million manufacturing facility in Columbus.
The company, a worldwide leader in aerosol packaging, has been considering a single manufacturing building since 2015, when the company with global roots announced it might try to put its three current facilities in the Columbus area under one roof.
The new 100,000-square-foot facility, which is being designed to be expandable, will be located on 15 acres in the Woodside Northwest Industrial Park on land designated as the Booher extension, which is south of Deaver Road and east of County Road 300W.
The Peterson Co., LLC, Indianapolis, has been chosen to build the facility, with groundbreaking planned this spring.
The building would replace Lindal’s current manufacturing building and office building at 4775 and 4615 Progress Drive, and a warehouse in Hope, company officials said in earlier interviews.
The new facility will include production, offices, laboratories and warehousing, all on the same industrial campus, said Philip Brand, the company’s global marketing director.
Lindal Group develops and manufactures valves, actuators and spray caps for aerosol products used in cosmetics, household, pharmaceuticals, food and technical industries.
“Our new Columbus campus will be the right facility, in the right place, at the right time,” Brand said. “We anticipate the need for integrated and centrally located resources for our wide range of U.S. customers, as demand here continues to grow.”
Lindal’s local expansion in Columbus was supported by the city in several ways, including a personal visit from Mayor Jim Lienhoop and Jason Hester, president of Greater Columbus Economic Development Corp. at the company headquarters in Germany last year, Hester said.
Hester praised the city’s cooperation in helping Lindal find its new expansion location, including the planning department for its work on the annexation and the redevelopment commission for agreeing to extend International Drive to the perimeter of the planned Lindal plant.
That road extension opened up more than 70 acres of land near the interstate with utility access that can be marketed as potential sites for future economic development, he said.
“We need more land, we need more buildings and we need more people,” Hester said. “Companies need what they need when they need it. As we work to grow and diversify our economy, we have to have sites for these companies.”
Describing Lindal’s decision to expand locally as an exciting story for Columbus, Hester said the German-owned company represents diversification in the area’s economy beyond auto-related companies.
The latest annual aerosol products survey from the Consumer Specialty Products Association said aerosol product production in North America increased 1.5 percent from 2014 to 2015 to 4.590 billion units, a new record.
The company said Grand View Research is projecting the global aerosol market will reach $84.04 billion units by 2024 and grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 3.8 percent from 2016 to 2024. The research firm said North America is the world’s second largest market for aerosol, with 30.2 percent of global revenue.
Columbus city councilmen already have approved a tax abatement for the project, which will retain 65 jobs at the plant and add up to 30 new positions in the first three years after operations begin at the new facility, according to the company’s tax abatement application. Pay range for those full-time jobs was listed at $20 to $25 per hour.
In 2015, the company requested and received a tax abatement for $3.25 million in equipment to launch several new actuator products, including ones used in containers of Cutter insect spray and a new straw and trigger for Dow’s Great Stuff, a foam insulating sealant.
In Columbus, products Lindal has produced include the yellow cap assembly on Lemon Pledge and those on Unilever products such as shave gels. The Simply Saline nasal actuators are in the company’s product line as well as other valves used on aerosol products.
Other product lines the company has supplied include valves, actuators and spray caps for dry shampoo, deodorant and other products for Dow, Unilever, SC Johnson and L’Oreal.
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