NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Aug. 16, 2017) – FKI Security Group officially opened its new distribution center Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by One Southern Indiana (1si).
The event featured speakers New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan, Ind. Rep. Ed Clere, Ind. Senator Ron Grooms, U.S. Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, FireKing CEO Mark Essig, CEO of the Carlisle Family LLC, owner of the building, Van Carlisle and 1si President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser.
This will be the first building in the new Grantline Industrial Park West, which was designated as Indiana Site Certified (ISC) Gold by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) for the City of New Albany in February, 2016.
“FireKing is excited about our expansion in New Albany,” said Mark Essig, chief executive officer. “As a US-based manufacturing, technology, and software supplier, our solutions are used in all 50 states, and approximately 40 different countries around the world. Because of our large geographic coverage, we had many options for our expansion. We chose Indiana – not because it was convenient – but because it is a superior place to do business. The pro-business environment, coupled with an outstanding workforce, brought us back to New Albany.”
Van G. Carlisle, the managing member of The Carlisle Family LLC, said, “We are delighted to add to our investments in New Albany and so pleased to have FireKing as our tenant in this new building.”
“We welcome FKI Security Group as the first business to locate in the Grantline Industrial Park West development,” said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan. “The newly opened 40-acre site, located only 1.75 miles from Interstate 265, is the perfect home for a company with a long history of succeeding in New Albany, and we stand ready to help in any way we can.”
Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si, commented, “We are excited by the expansion of FKI Security Group in Southern Indiana. FireKing has long been a manufacturing mainstay in New Albany and the decision to expand here underscores Southern Indiana’s advantages with regards to location, incentives and business services. We congratulate FireKing International LLC on their past successes and hope to be of service to them as they continue to grow in the future.”
About FKI Security Group
FKI Security Group manufactures a broad array of security products with best-in-class service and support for businesses. They operate in over 85 countries around the world, delivering products and services focused solely on protecting customers’ assets, people, and vital information. FKI Security Group’s brands FireKing fireproof filing cabinets, along with Summit, Ascent and NKL cash-management solutions. Additional information about FireKing is available at www.fireking.com .
About The Carlisle Family LLC:
The Carlisle Family LLC is a real estate development and investment company headed by Van G. Carlisle, Managing Member. It was formed in 1995 and has multiple investments in the New Albany area.
About One Southern Indiana:
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the economic development organization and chamber of commerce serving Clark and Floyd counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area.
Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. For more information on One Southern Indiana, visit www.1si.org