Knight Transportation Opens Regional Operations Service Center In Plainfield, Indiana
The company invested $4.62 million into the 25-acre former Indy Park Ride & Fly campus at 3875 Plainfield Road in Plainfield. Knight Transportation renovated the site to serve as an operations center for its customers throughout the Indianapolis and Chicago markets, as well as a regional recruiting and training center.
Knight Transportation will train drivers based throughout the Eastern U.S. Upgrades at the facility include doubling the size of the office on its campus. In addition, the company will build a 20,000-square-foot truck maintenance shop, construct a truck wash and fueling station, and upgrade all exterior and building lighting to energy-efficient LED lights. The company’s new facilities now cover 34,000 square feet; The site more than triples the acreage of its former facility on Indianapolis’ southwest side.
“When Knight Transportation selected this site for our new office after almost 20 years in Indianapolis, we needed a location that could support our growth and was part of a larger development plan that would put us closer to our valued customers and employees,” said Dave Jackson, President/CEO of Knight Transportation.
“Our location in Plainfield puts us in close proximity to many of our customers and easy access to the interstate system and the city of Indianapolis. Our state-of-the-art service center and maintenance facility is located in the heart of Plainfield’s warehousing and logistics sector, which is quickly becoming the place to be in the Indianapolis metro area for both our customers and transportation providers. We are excited to be part of this area, where high quality business both large and small are locating to take advantage of the growth opportunities in the area and the state,” he added.
With its larger facility, Knight Transportation now has space for future growth of its divisions and business lines, with plans to eventually manage more than 500 trucks at its Plainfield facility.
As an incentive, Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Knight Transportation Inc. up to $3,627,000 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. In addition, the town of Plainfield approved additional incentives at the request of the Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership.
“As the Crossroads of America, Indiana is the crucial link connecting millions of Americans across the nation to the goods they need,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Indiana is home to thousands of highway miles, award-winning airports and a state line that’s more than half water. We continue to make unprecedented investments in state and local infrastructure to support businesses like Knight Transportation, which in turn are driving Indiana’s economy and creating quality jobs for Hoosiers.”
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