NEW ALBANY, IND. (August 16, 2017) – FKI Security Group officially opened its new distribution center today 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.”