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U.K. Based IT Luggage Plans Manufacturing-Distribution Hub in Greenwood, Indiana

08/07/2017
IT Luggage, a British-based global manufacturer and distributor of luggage products, plans to locate its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana.

The England-based company, which established a presence in central Indiana in 2003, will invest $1.78 million to renovate a 33,000-square-foot facility at 1760 Industrial Drive in Greenwood. The new space will officially serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters, and will house its U.S. corporate, finance, logistics and distribution operations.

IT Luggage is now renovating its new facility, including expanding and resurfacing the parking lot, building a new docking area, installing a fence, repairing exterior masonry and renovating the office space, and plans to open its new facility this fall.

“In choosing to remain in Indiana and locate in Greenwood, we will benefit from the growing and stable economy as well as a skilled workforce coupled with lower cost,” said Ken White, Director and Vice President of IT Luggage’s U.S. operations. “The site selection process was made significantly easier by the business-friendly environment and our dedicated team of employees.”

As an incentive, Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered IT Luggage USA, Ltd. up to $105,000 in conditional tax credits 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. IT Luggage plans to hire for customer service, finance, warehouse and logistics positions. IT Luggage plans to create up to 15 new jobs by 2021.

In addition, the city of Greenwood approved additional incentives at the request of the Johnson County Development Corporation.

“As a destination for international job creation, Indiana provides the ideal U.S. home for IT Luggage and the many other U.K.-based companies that do business here today,” said Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “Today, international companies are responsible for supporting 170,800 Hoosier jobs, including 31,800 jobs from companies based in the U.K., and we look forward to increasing these partnerships as we work to create even more jobs in Indiana."

“Innovative design with quality that is stylish and affordable for everyone describes both IT Luggage and the city of Greenwood,” said Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers. “They are a family business built on family principles and reflect the values of the area. That is what makes us such an ideal fit.”

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