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Rolls-Royce Corp. raised its profile in the corporate community by signing a deal to move 2,500 of its employees from the southwest side to downtown.

The aircraft-engine maker will occupy Eli Lilly and Co.’s former Faris Campus on South Meridian Street, which is being renamed the Rolls-Royce Meridian Center.

The company planned to spend $22 million on the move, which includes interior renovations to the three buildings, which total 365,000 square feet.

The move began Dec. 19 with 190 people. The bulk of it will come in March in waves of 500.

Rolls-Royce, which builds jet engines, employs 4,500 in the Indianapolis area, with most people working out of a southwest-side industrial campus.

As part of the downtown move, Rolls-Royce plans to demolish two World War II-era buildings, known as Plant 5 and Plant 8, on South Tibbs Avenue.

The company isn’t shrinking its local manufacturing footprint, however. After signing a money-saving labor agreement this year, John Gallo, executive vice president of business operations, said British-owned Rolls-Royce Group plc had awarded Indianapolis the internal contract for an additional engine component. The company plans to set up a new production line around that work.

The work shores up jobs for United Auto Workers Local 933, which represents 1,750 of the company’s local employees.

The city of Indianapolis offered Rolls-Royce a 10-year, $23 million property-tax abatement for its capital investments, which total $212 million, though the company isn’t promising any new jobs because of it.•

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  1. In reality, Lilly is maintaining profit by cutting costs such as Indiana/US citizen IT workers by a significant amount with their Tata Indian consulting connection, increasing Indian H1B's at Lillys Indiana locations significantly and offshoring to India high paying Indiana jobs to cut costs and increase profit at the expense of U.S. workers.

  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

  4. downtown in the same area as O'malia's. 350 E New York. Not sure that another one could survive. I agree a Target is needed d'town. Downtown Philly even had a 3 story Kmart for its downtown residents.

  5. Indy-area residents... most of you have no idea how AMAZING Aurelio's is. South of Chicago was a cool pizza place... but it pales in comparison to the heavenly thin crust Aurelio's pizza. Their deep dish is pretty good too. My waistline is expanding just thinking about this!

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