Energizer Plans Hundreds of Jobs for Franklin

By Inside Indiana Business | | 11.14.19

Aspire Economic Development Chamber Alliance Johnson County Indiana

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- St. Louis-based Energizer Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ENR) is looking to set up packaging and distribution operations in Johnson County. The battery company's subsidiary, Energizer Manufacturing Inc., plans to invest more than $62 million to equip a recently-completed, 933,000-square-foot shell building at Franklin Tech Park and create 440 jobs. The company is requesting a 10-year tax abatement for the project, from which it would save approximately $7.5 million in taxes over the abatement period.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Johnson County Development Corp. Executive Director Dana Monson said having the shell building available was crucial.

"At the end of the day, we know that companies everywhere want to locate in communities that people want to live, so that is obviously something that we all are working very hard toward. But at the same time, we also understand that if we don't have that right product, that right building, that right build-to-suit land, or whatever it is they're looking for, we can't provide their needs," said Monson. "So having a building this size, this available, ready to go was definitely a huge driver for this project. It was a huge reason that they were here looking at what we have and coming to our community and then finding out all of the other advantages that we can provide them to be here was absolutely icing on the cake."

According to documents filed with the city, 413 of the new jobs will come with an average hourly wage of $18.30. The other 27 jobs will be managerial and professional positions with an average wage of $40.80 per hour. The wage figures do not include benefits.