On Dec. 10, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, Gov. Eric Holcomb and executives from Taranis, an agricultural intelligence and precision scouting company, announced that the company plans to locate its global headquarters in Westfield.
Taranis pledges to build a new 6,000-square-foot facility at 725 E. Main St. and create up to 60 high-wage jobs by the end of 2023.
“The addition of Taranis to our community grows our influence in the region as an attractive location for businesses and job seekers,” Cook stated. “Its emergence as a leader in precision scouting coupled with Westfield’s commitment to advancing agricultural innovation in our region makes this an ideal and exciting partnership. With Taranis joining our own AgReliant, I am proud that Westfield will be headquarters to these two agriculture leaders.”
Mike DiPaola, the general manager of North America and vice president of global sales at Taranis, calls the move an “exciting chapter.”
“Locating our global headquarters in the heart of the America’s largest commodity crop production region enables us to interact more directly with our customers to better address the agronomic challenges of their growers,” DiPaola stated. “This exciting chapter for Taranis positions us well for growing our customer base and recruiting employee talent, while also allowing us to entrench ourselves in the area as the undisputed leader in precision scouting.”
Taranis empowers growers to make informed and timely replant, crop nutrition and protection decisions that optimize yields through precision scouting. It plans to invest nearly $10.5 million to lease and equip the new facility. The facility will allow the company to expand its team of agronomists and associates while increasing its total acreage serviced. The company’s location in Tel-Aviv, Israel, will continue to operate as its Innovation Center.
By utilizing drone fleets capable of capturing high-resolution imagery, Taranis’ proprietary software platform analyzes images and aggregates data to deliver real-time insights during each growth stage at a leaf-level resolution 20 times faster than the manual alternative. The images are tagged and evaluated by Taranis’ artificial intelligence platform, which delivers the insights to users through the company’s comprehensive CONNECT mobile platform.
With Taranis’ agronomic solutions, growers and their advisors can detect early symptoms of uneven emergence, nutrient deficiencies, weeds, crop diseases, insects or water stress almost immediately.
“Taranis’ new headquarters is a welcome addition to the Hoosier state as we continue to grow our thriving tech presence,” Holcomb stated. “This investment will further strengthen our position as a top agricultural producing state and help attract a large, diverse talent pool for the future. I couldn’t be more grateful Taranis has chosen Indiana to call home.”
Taranis employs more than 80 people across the U.S., Latin America, Eastern Europe, Australia and the Middle East. It plans to consolidate its sales, marketing and administrative functions at the new Westfield facility and continue to expand its workforce during the first year of operation. The company is hiring for positions in drone and aviation operations, customer success, marketing and sales and has already hired seven toward its goal.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp.offered Taranis up to $1.25 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s high-wage job creation plans. For more, visit taranis.ag.