Delaware County, Ind., will be the new North American headquarters for Italy-based Filtrec, a manufacturer of industrial filters. The company, which has had a local presence with inventory in a warehouse in Daleville, recently purchased an industrial building south of Muncie to accommodate its expansion, reports the Muncie Star Press. It currently employs nine people, but expands to up to 30 employees in early 2023.
Filtrec, which is investing more than $1 million in the expansion, will move about 6,000 pieces of inventory to the new site, then install machinery to assemble filter products on site, the company said in a statement. Then the company will open its North American headquarters office in the new location.
Machinery to assemble Filtrec’s filter products will be installed at the new site after 6,000 pieces of inventory are moved there, the release stated. The company’s North American headquarters offices will follow. “As soon as we complete relocation, we’ll stock 2,000 more filters,” Mauro Milani, the director of operations for Filtrec United States, said in the release.
The company’s more than 1,000 types of industrial and hydraulic filters are widely used in industry, including manufacturing, excavating, cranes, mining and agriculture, reports the Star Press.
The move caps years of effort to attract Filtrec to Delaware County through work by Brad Bookout, the county economic development director, along with Bill Walters, executive director of East Central Indiana Regional Planning District. County officials met and hosted Filtrec principals in 2017, a two-day visit locally that resulted in the company’s filters being stored in Daleville for easy distribution throughout the Midwest, the release stated.
Milani said the economic development officials worked with him along the way, which led to the decision to locate the manufacturing facility in Delaware County, reports the Star Press.
“To be in the heart of the Midwest, not so far from our customer base,” was a big reason, Milani said in the press release.