Lebanon Reporter

March 28, 2013

Three firms interested in ASI building

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Lebanon — Three companies are considering moving into the former ASI Limited building in Allpoints at Anson in Whitestown.

Representatives from one company were to meet with local officials Wednesday afternoon, said Bryan Brackemyre, interim executive director of the Boone County Economic Development Corp.

Wednesday’s visit was with a company that could bring 1,500 “office-type” jobs to Boone County, he said, but there are no guarantees.

“That’s by no means a done deal,” Brackemyre said. “I do believe we will be competitive for that project,” he said.

The other two companies interested in the former ASI building have scheduled visits of the 240,000-square-foot building for next week he said. Neither would bring as many jobs as the company he was to meet Wednesday, Brackemyre said.

ASI was a manufacturer of building facades, including a $32.4 million contract for steel panels forming the exterior of the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is now home to the NBA’s Nets. In December 2011, however, ASI defaulted on a bank loan and shut down, throwing dozens of people out of work just before Christmas. Hunt Construction Group, primary contractor for the Barclay project, reopened ASI in order to complete the order for 12,000 weathered-steel panels. Hunt rehired many of ASI Ltd.’s employees for the short-term project, then shut down the facility.

CEVA Logistics, which provides freight management and other services for clients in 170 countries, occupies 60,000 square feet in the ASI building, Brackemyre said.

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