Company Estimates 160 to be Hired by 2024
Jeffersonville, Ind. (March 29, 2021) – Representatives of One Southern Indiana (1si) and Affinity, a uniform, professional workwear and safety garment manufacturer and distributor, announced today its plan to move its U.S. headquarters, manufacturing facility and distribution center to an America Place property within the River Ridge Commerce Center. The $3.9 million project would create 160 new jobs with pay averaging 32 percent above the Clark County average wage and include the lease of a 100,000-square-foot building, with some customization to the space, new computer hardware and software.
“Affinity is a growing, stable company that is delighted to bring a state-of-the-art distribution center to Indiana,” said Senior Vice President Gregg Mischner. “Affinity is part of the Mi Hub family of brands and this development allows the group to expand its global footprint and better service our clients with faster shipping anywhere to the U.S. and around the world. This new location gives Affinity the opportunity to fully focus on the corporate apparel and PPE marketplace, to become the industry’s leading provider within the mid-market sector in North America.”
Jeffersonville, Ind., Mayor Mike Moore said, “I am proud Jeffersonville continues to attract companies like Affinity from around the globe to its business-friendly, world-class amenities, and we stand ready to assist in any way possible. The city will continue to improve its infrastructure, quality of place and many other assets to ensure it remains competitive with any location in the United States as the best place to start a new business venture.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Affinity up to $1.7 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job-creation plans along with training assistance up to $100,000. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired.
“Indiana’s business-friendly environment, skilled talent pipeline and strong manufacturing sector offer companies like Affinity the perfect location to establish and grow their footprint,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “We’re extremely grateful that with 49 other states to choose from, Affinity picked Indiana to establish its new home and create quality career opportunities for Hoosiers for years to come.”
The location of the new company is 401 Salem Road, Jeffersonville, Ind., in the River Ridge Commerce Center, a 6,000-acre business and manufacturing park of the highest caliber under development along the Ohio River, across from Louisville, Ky. Recently, the River Ridge Commerce Center reported increased employment, expanded development and generated an increase of $2.5 billion in economic output in 2020 alone — the largest output from the business park since it opened.
“The River Ridge Development Authority is pleased to welcome the latest international company, Affinity, to the River Ridge Commerce Center in Southern Indiana,” said Jerry Acy, Executive Director of the River Ridge Development Authority. “We look forward to working with them and establishing a long-lasting partnership as they grow with us here in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Affinity is making a major commitment by bringing manufacturing, distribution and the company’s new U.S. headquarters to Southern Indiana. I want to compliment Affinity and the dedicated group of partners that worked to bring them here, including the IEDC, One Southern Indiana, America Place and our team at River Ridge.”
Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si, said, “Affinity is a great addition to the River Ridge Commerce Center and Southern Indiana business community. 1si’s economic development efforts are focused on attracting and supporting diverse industry in order to mitigate fluctuations in any one industry, as well as increasing the average wages of Clark and Floyd county workers to ensure a better quality of life. Affinity’s decision to locate here checks both those boxes and we couldn’t be happier. We look forward to working with company leaders to ensure they have the tools needed to work towards success, now and in the future.”
Affinity specializes in implementing domestic and global full-service, custom apparel programs for partners within the mid-market uniform sector. Our team works to understand each client’s culture and needs and create a model that works for each one independently; we do not force our clients to work within our constraints, allowing us to provide a positive apparel experience for our clients.
About Mi Hub
Mi Hub Limited is an international supplier of corporate clothing uniform solutions to businesses and individuals, trading through its Dimensions, Alexandra, Yaffy, and Affinity brands. The Mi Hub Limited corporation is currently headquartered in Derbyshire, England, and collectively employs more than 800 people across its offices in the UK, Europe, and the USA.
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 help businesses thrive in the Southern Indiana and 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