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AndyMark to double its operations in Kokomo

03/13/2018

A Kokomo-based, worldwide robotics parts supplier will invest $1.5 million to expand its operations in Kokomo and create 30 additional jobs by 2021.

Founded in 2004, AndyMark is one of the leading distributors and makers of robotics parts within the robotics mobility and competition market, with a focus on robotics education — specifically with the FIRST Organization.

Currently, the operation is housed in a 24,000-square-foot facility at 2311 N. Washington St. Previously, AndyMark had to rent an additional 8,000 square feet of warehouse space to accommodate growing demand.

“There are two main reasons that required us to look for additional space for our company growth,” said Andy Baker, President/Owner of AndyMark. “The first is that we have new projects in development that require more space, and second, we are planning to expand our in-house manufacturing.”

AndyMark has purchased an 88,000-square-foot facility at 1900 E. North St. on the city’s northeast side to accommodate even more growth. The company plans to transition to the new location in May 2018.

Its new building will accommodate space for its current light manufacturing equipment, order fulfillment operations from its e-commerce website, as well as allow for an expansion of manufacturing in the future.

“We appreciate AndyMark’s commitment to the community and congratulate them on their success,” said Charlie Sparks, President/CEO of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “AndyMark is a great corporate citizen, and we are fortunate that they have chosen our community for the growth of their operations.”

Founded by former Delphi Corp. engineers Andy Baker and Mark Koors, the company got its start in the FIRST robotics community and continues to develop and distribute important components to many of the program’s participants. Mark Koors retired from the company in 2016.

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight said the community and local schools benefit from having one of the top robotics companies in the nation right here in Kokomo.

“The expansion of AndyMark’s operations is a great thing,” Goodnight said. “The company is attracting top talent from across the country to our city.”

AndyMark became a tenant at Inventrek Technology Park in 2007. Graduating the incubator program, it moved into its current commercial building in 2011. Baker continues his involvement with Inventrek by serving as chairman of the Inventrek Council of the Alliance.

In 2011, AndyMark was named the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year. By 2013, the business had 35 part- and full-time employees. It had earned a spot on the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s “Indiana Businesses to Watch” list.

“Being a tenant at Inventrek gave us a place to work with like-minded small businesses,” Baker said. “Leasing the space there allowed us to focus on the business and not deal with the issues that come with owning a commercial building, such as security, maintenance and other facility concerns.

“Most importantly, our relationship with the Alliance has provided the encouragement and support for innovation that has helped us grow our small business,” he said.

Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman pointed to AndyMark’s expansion as a success of local economic development efforts.

“Our congratulations to AndyMark on its expansion here in Howard County,” Wyman said. “Their continued success is a good example of what’s possible when we come together as a community to promote economic development.”

The company now has 26 full-time and 29 seasonal and part-time employees, and distributes to customers in more than 70 countries.

“AndyMark is one of Indiana’s many small business success stories, utilizing one of the state’s Certified Technology Parks and business incubators to scale up its operations and now outgrowing its current facility,” said IEDC President Elaine Bedel. “We look forward to witnessing AndyMark’s continued growth in Kokomo as they develop robotics solutions for customers here in Indiana and across the nation.”

The IEDC offered AndyMark $215,000 in EDGE Tax Credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.