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Seattle-based bar-accessory business plans local warehouse, 101 jobs

December 6, 2016

A Seattle-based manufacturer known for its wine and spirits accessories is planning to open a distribution center on the northeast side of Indianapolis that could employ as many as 101 people by 2022.

True Fabrications Inc. has proposed occupying an existing 125,194-square-foot building in Warren Township to use as its first regional distribution center outside of Washington.

Plans for the center are contained in tax-abatement request that Department of Metropolitan Development staff members are recommending for approval by the Metropolitan Development Commission.

True Fabrications designs, makes and markets a variety of bar and beverage products, including corkscrews, shakers, aerators, chillers, wine racks, flasks and openers. The 13-year-old company primarily sells to corporate customers but its growing direct-to-consumer business is growing and accounts for 17 percent of sales.

The local warehouse would allow True Fabrications to better serve clients in the Midwest and on the East Coast.

The company said it would spend $366,000 to equip the building at 3333 Masilla Court—on East 33rd Street between North Franklin and North Post roads—with logistics equipment such as racks, lifts and product-picking systems.

The manufacturer said employees at the facility will be paid an average of $15.25 per hour.

DMD staff members recommend True Fabrications receive a six-year personal property tax abatement that will save the company an estimated $15,500 (about 65 percent) over the length of the abatement period.

The company is expected to pay about $8,400 in personal property taxes on the equipment over the abatement period, plus more than $3,100 annually after the period ends.

The MDC was scheduled to hear the abatement request on Wednesday, but the agenda item was rescheduled for Dec. 21.

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