It is our position that the pending sale of locally based cell phone distributor Brightpoint is a significant concern for the entire central Indiana region. Certainly, protection of jobs for the 1,300 workers in Plainfield is paramount, but even if headcount remains steady, the loss will be felt throughout the community.
Corporate headquarters provide much more than just a sense of local pride. Support of local philanthropy and leadership in community activities are concentrated around a company’s decision makers. When those decisions are being made in other states, as will happen when the Brightpoint sale is completed, corporate engagement will inevitably diminish.
Even if most local jobs are initially preserved, the longer-term trend can be expected to disfavor central Indiana. No doubt this area offers a competitive location for distribution hubs, but just as certainly Brightpoint CEO Bob Laikin wanted his facilities to be close to him and to benefit his community. Our home-court advantage will be absent when future decisions of this sort are being made in California.
Laikin and his team are to be commended for the business they built and the local support they’ve shown. We hope that they continue to be involved and advocate on behalf of central Indiana while other entrepreneurs fill any voids left by Brightpoint’s HQ relocation.