India-based engineering firm to establish HQ in Columbus

An India-based engineering and design firm has agreed to establish its North American headquarters in Columbus. Abby Gras, with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, says that Gov. Eric Holcomb and Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop met with Sudhakar Gande, vice chairman of AXISCADES and other key executives Wednesday as the company announced its plans.

“As a global company, AXISCADES had a world of options to expand. Choosing Indiana sends a clear message that the Hoosier state offers the pro-growth business climate and the tools companies need to thrive,” Gov. Holcomb said. “We’re pleased to extend a warm Hoosier welcome to another India-based company. With its growth here, AXISCADES is joining a network of more than 800 foreign-owned business establishments that provide good jobs across the state, and we look forward to watching the company’s story unfold here in Indiana.”

AXISCADES announced plans to locate in Indiana last month and will invest up to $10 million over the next five years to launch operations here. In Columbus, the company will initially lease space at 810 Brown Street to serve as its North American headquarters and house its management functions. Additionally, the IEDC says that the company plans to establish satellite offices in Indiana for customer-focused engineering teams.

“We are privileged to partner with Indiana and the city of Columbus to set up our North American headquarters. The state offers us a central location for our business and a strong pro-business environment under the leadership of Governor Holcomb,” said Gande. “The advanced manufacturing and high technology environment in Indiana also provides a key element in our selection. We are excited to leverage the availability of skilled engineering talent In Indiana as well as the state’s strong education system to meet the growing skill demands of the future.”

The IEDS says that AXISCADES anticipates creating up to 100 new jobs within the first year of establishing operations and up to 500 total, high-wage jobs by the end of 2023. In addition to its Columbus headquarters and satellite offices, the company, which is a provider of product engineering solutions to aerospace, defense, heavy engineering, automotive, energy, medical and health care companies, also plans to locate engineering associates at its clients’ facilities in order to better serve the needs of its customers.

Pending approval from the IEDC board of directors, AXISCADES was offered up to $4.3 million in conditional tax credits and up to $500,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The IEDC will also consider additional incentives up to one-million dollars through the state’s Industrial Development Grant Fund to support infrastructure needs.

The City of Columbus, at the request of Greater Columbus Economic Development Corporation, has offered up to $50,000 of performance-based incentive support from its Economic Development Income Tax fund, to be used for relocation and start-up expenses.

“Columbus, Indiana, is known for being a community that welcomes foreign direct investment along with the best and brightest engineering talent in the world,” said Mayor Lienhoop. “We are exceptionally pleased to welcome India-based AXISCADES and their team members to Columbus, and we look forward to supporting their success.”