A distributor of new and used Caterpillar equipment, MacAllister Machinery Company, will invest $8.9 million to expand its Washington, Indiana, operations center, creating an estimated 61 new jobs by 2016.
MacAllister, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, is one of the few distributors of Caterpillar parts and machinery in Indiana and serves customers in the heavy construction, coal, commercial and residential, government, construction, agriculture and power systems industries.
MacAllister plans to expand its existing 38,740 square-foot facility by more than 50,000 additional square feet. The expansion, which is expected to be completed in fall of 2013, will house sales, parts and services for its inventory of Caterpillar heavy and compact equipment as well as MacAllister Power Systems including Caterpillar generators. The firm, which currently employs nearly 100 associates in Daviess County, plans to begin hiring additional management, service and customer service personnel to coincide with the completion of the expansion.
“MacAllister was founded in 1945 in Indiana and has deep roots in the Hoosier state, with 20 locations,” said Chris MacAllister, president of MacAllister. “We continue to grow, and our presence in Washington for 28 years is based on the excellent local workforce that serves our mining customers 24/7. Centralizing component rebuild work from around the state in Washington leverages that excellent workforce and creates economies of scale.”
“It always gives me great pleasure to see a homegrown company like MacAllister succeed in Indiana,” said Governor Mitch Daniels. “MacAllister’s continued investment in Indiana will lead to more jobs for hardworking Hoosiers and shows why our business climate is the best in the Midwest.”
As an incentive, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered MacAllister Machinery Company, Inc. up to $700,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 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. In addition, Daviess County will consider additional property tax abatement at the request of the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. Radius I Indiana is also supporting the project.
"We are excited and grateful to MacAllister for this investment in our community. The city is happy to help this expansion become a reality," said Washington Mayor Joe Wellman.