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Open Control Systems Invests $1.6 Million To Operations In Indianapolis, Indiana

Open Control Systems , a building automation controls provider, plans to expand its operations in Indianapolis, Indiana, creating up to 25 new jobs by 2016.

The homegrown-Hoosier company will invest $1.6 million to lease, renovate and equip a combined 14,000 square-feet of space spanning over two facilities located at 905 N. Capitol Ave. in Indianapolis. As part of the expansion, OCS renovated a 12,000 square-foot former warehouse facility, which is fully equipped with automation controls and mechanical equipment to showcase its capabilities.

“Choosing Indiana to expand our operations was an easy choice, as this state has always provided the environment we needed to grow and to succeed. Additionally, the talent pool in Indiana is rich due to several institutions with quality technical degree programs,” said Travis Ihnen, President of OCS. “With the growing demand for our services, the facility expansion couldn’t have come at a better time. The building is not only a showcase for our products and capabilities, but also serves as a training facility and meeting space for our partners and customers. Its proximity to downtown, the Cultural Trail and major highways make it especially attractive for potential employees as well!” OCS has already begun hiring programming, engineering sales, design engineering and administrative positions.

“From the dashboard in your car and the engine in an airplane to the information cloud on your phone and the security system at the office, companies representing industries far and wide find a home in Indiana,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Indiana’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce, coupled with its central location at the Crossroads of America, provide a platform for companies like OCS to grow and thrive.”

As an incentive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Open Control Systems, LLC up to $205,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $67,500 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Indianapolis approved additional tax abatement at the request of Develop Indy, a business unit of the Indy Chamber.

"With this week's BlueIndy announcement and our continued sustainability program, the growth of OCS highlights the tremendous growth potential in Indy for companies on the cutting edge of modern technology," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. "The LEED buildings and high-paying skilled jobs that OCS plans to create is a welcome addition to Indy's business landscape."

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