By Sam Elliott
Another corporate headquarters is on its way to Fishers.
Glass container manufacturer Ardagh plans to relocate its North American glass group headquarters from Muncie to Fishers later this year, bringing more than 200 jobs to its new building, near 106th Street off I-69.
The company’s relocation, to the Two Concourse building at 10194 Crosspoint Blvd., was scheduled to be addressed at the June 20 city council meeting.
“We’re very excited. This is an affirmation on the investment we’ve made at 106th and I-69,” Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said. “We’re thrilled to have another corporate headquarters relocate to our city … These are very good paying jobs and there’s about 200 of them that will be located here. We think it’s a big win and we’re excited to have (Ardagh) be a resident of Fishers.”
The company is tentatively planning for a November move.
“We went through a little bit of a reorganization and late last year the executive team started a series of meetings to set our long-term goals and objectives,” Ardagh Group Senior Vice President, General Council and Secretary David Knight said. “One is we want to be the supplier of choice and another is we want to offer careers, not jobs. Those are two very key objectives of our long-term plan. We believe this move will fit very nicely into those two objectives. Fishers is a very growing community … The cost of living is good, the standard of living is good, the educational system is great, it’s got the amenities you want in terms of hotels, restaurants and so forth, and we’re going to be right off of the interstate, so it makes a lot of sense.”
Ardagh Group purchased the Muncie-headquartered glass manufacturer formerly known as Saint-Gobain in April 2014. Approximately 1,100 of Ardagh’s more than 5,000 United States jobs are in Indiana due to manufacturing facilities in Dunkirk and Winchester and a machine service location in Marion in addition to its corporate headquarters.
“Every person in Muncie that has a job here has been asked to join us in Fishers. Initially we don’t see new jobs created as a result of the move, but over time as we recruit we’re sure we’re going to be casting a broader net in recruiting given that we’ll be located in Fishers,” Knight said. “We anticipate approximately 200 people being headquartered in Fishers with good-paying jobs, good benefits and hopefully we’ll be there for a very long time.”
“In line with Ardagh Group, Glass – North America’s objectives to be the supplier of choice and offer careers, not jobs, the relocation of our headquarters to the new Two Concourse building will provide our employees the opportunity to work in the dynamic and growing community of Fishers,” said John Riordan, President & CEO of Ardagh Group, Glass – North America. “This move to an open, collaborative environment will foster increased interaction and communication among our employees – a concept that Ardagh supports throughout its business.”