Lanesville is making a big push for Areva Pharmaceuticals.
This is the land off I-64 where the plant would be built.
LANESVILLE, IN (WAVE) - There are
signs of a big economic boost for a small community that could use it.
Lanesville, IN is making a big-time push
to establish a global pharmaceutical headquarters on a piece of land off of
Lanesville is proud of its heritage. The
empty field that sits just to the north of the interstate at the Lanesville
exit might give residents reason to be equally proud of the future. That is
where Areva Pharmaceuticals' headquarters would be built.
"We envision some office
buildings, some high-end retail and other projects that might generate high-end
employment," said Darrell Voelker, Director of the Harrison County
Economic Development Corporation.
Voelker said it started with a plan
nearly a quarter-century ago. Now, with roads widened and plans for other
infrastructure, Areva is building for the future.
"We plan to start moving our
company from Kentucky down to Indiana here once the first phase is
started," said Areva president Victor Swaminathan.
He said phase one includes about 70
jobs over the next three years. He also said Indiana and Lanesville just make
"There are a lot of
pharmaceutical companies that are in the state," Swaminathan
said. "We need to be closer to our global partners, and UPS provides
us with that ability, and Lanesville falls under that radius."
Voelker said Harrison County is
putting up $5 million to develop the land and put up the building. He added that
more than half of the adults in Harrison County commute to Louisville to work
and that this might keep them home.
"To create $25 to $30-an-hour
jobs in Harrison County, that's an outstanding use of those funds," Voelker
Swaminathan said the company's plans
over the next ten years include adding research and development jobs and
eventually to manufacture the pharmaceuticals out of the Lanesville location,
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