A new research and development facility is coming to the Crawfordsville Commerce Park. The announcement of the latest addition to the commerce park came Friday.

AMERICAN Innovation, LLC will begin construction this summer on a 30,000-square-foot research and development facility to be named the AMERICAN Flow Control Center for Innovative Excellence. 

“This center will expand our research and design functions, allowing us to fast track innovations to get products to market more quickly,” John Hagelskamp, AMERICAN Flow Control division sales manager, said. “We chose Crawfordsville in part because of its easily accessible location and proximity to several major engineering schools.” 

AMERICAN Innovation is part of AMERICAN Flow Control, which is the valve and hydrant division of the Birmingham, Alabama-based AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company.

AMERICAN Innovation, LLC plans to invest between $9-12 million and employ eight research and development personnel within one year of the project completion, which is expected to finish next spring. The facility will sit on 17 acres in the middle of the commerce park between Concord Road and Phil Ward Boulevard. 

“I think this is a huge win and a huge step forward,” Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton said. “This was the initial target for an occupant for the park to begin with. This is right on track with where we wanted to be. We’ve worked on this project for about a year now.” 

Operations will feature state-of-the-art equipment and technologies for enhancing existing valve and hydrant products, as well as developing new infrastructure related products. 

“We’re thrilled AMERICAN Innovation has selected Crawfordsville as the destination for its new research and design center,” Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., said. “With a highly-skilled pipeline of talent coming from our renowned universities with high-ranking engineering programs, Indiana is the ideal location for companies like AMERICAN Innovation to locate and develop new solutions that will propel business forward for years to come.”

The announcement of AMERICAN Innovation’s development at the commerce park means four lots remain at the park, including two smaller lots about two acres each on the north end of the park. 

A year ago, Kids Count announced expansion with a new clinic at the commerce park. Construction on the proposed 10,000-square-foot building is expected to reach completion earlier this summer. And the Indiana Municipal Power Agency is beginning work on a solar field at the park as well — an $8.5 million project, which includes approximately 16,200 panels on 36 1/2 acres.

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