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Industrial repair company moving from Gary to Crown Point

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Updated: December 12, 2012 6:36AM



GARY — Industrial repair and maintenance service provider Kiemle-Hankins plans to double is shop space in a $2 million move from Gary to Crown Point early next year.

Kiemle-Hankins last week announced the expansion of its operations in the Northwest Indiana/Chicago markets.

“We have decided to relocate our Gary plant to a significantly larger and better equipped facility in Crown Point,” Tim Martindale, company president, said. The new site is expected to be fully operational by February.

Kiemle-Hankins operates five fully equipped facilities in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan including the Gary plant at 201 Mississippi St., which was acquired in 2009. The new location is at 1011 E. Summit St.

“We chose Crown Point because it will provide excellent access to our customers and because the facility itself is just fantastic for our business,” Martindale said. The E. Summit Street location is less than one mile from Interstate 65 and less than 10 miles from the I-65 and Interstate 80/94 interchanges.

Kiemle-Hankins employs 30 people at the Gary plant and will be hiring an unspecified number of additional personal. The new building has more than 40 tons of main crane capacity with more than 20 feet under hook and more than doubles the shop space.

“We will make a number of key equipment upgrades and acquisitions in conjunction with the relocation,” Martindale said.

He pointed to the expanded power equipment service area, plans to improve the operation’s motor testing capabilities, and crane system upgrades as examples of the improvements that will occur.

Christopher Meyers, director of planning for Crown Point, said the company is moving to the city’s industrial area into a building that originally housed a print shop.

“We welcome them to Crown Point and look forward to working with them in whatever way possible,” Meyers said.

The relocation represents not only an opportunity for potential jobs for residents but also a chance for increased economic activity.

Meyers said the company has not yet come before the city for any approvals that may be necessary. It will have to go before the Plan Commission for any build -outs or changes to exterior signage and lighting if that were to occur.



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