The growing number of warehousing and logistics facilities in the Whitestown and Lebanon region has drawn a northern Indiana construction firm into the market.
Logansport-based Steinberger Construction Inc. plans to invest $1.39 million to open an administrative office at 602 Ransdell Road in Lebanon, where it hopes to hire as many as 17 workers by the end of 2023.
Steinberger President Matt Lewellen said the industrial construction contracting firm has primarily focused on heavy manufacturing, warehouse, office, agricultural and energy developments in north-central Indiana, including projects in Lafayette, Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Reynolds and Frankfort, among others.
The 76-year-old company’s client list has included Subaru, Alcoa, FedEx, Caterpillar, Haynes International, Frito Lay and General Electric.
Now, Lewellen is establishing a southern base of operations in a 3,300-square-foot building across from the growing Lebanon Business Park.
“There’s been a lot of manufacturing growth in Boone County, and we want to be part of that growth,” Lewellen said. “We’ve seen a lot of growth in our own business over the last five to seven years, and we saw this as a market we can expand to. This is more of a targeted approach to that, having an office down there.”
If Steinberger is able to hire 17 new workers at the office by the end of 2023, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. has agreed to award the company up to $210,000 in tax credits.
Lewellen said he’s already hired a workforce development director to find workers in the skilled trades to fill those needs. Currently, Steinberger has project and business developers on site to design and quote new projects. Lewellen is hoping to round out the staff with project management and engineering personnel by the end of next year.
Though there’s just a team of five people working from the office now, Lewellen said the full retrofit and remodel of the 10-office suite should be complete by 2025.