BRISTOL — Satellite Industries officials broke ground Thursday for the company’s distribution center and manufacturing facility that will create 35 jobs this year and up to 100 in the future.
John Babcock, chief financial officer for the Minneapolis-based company, said the Bristol location was chosen because of its geographic location.
“It’s central to the U.S. population,” Babcock said before going out into a downpour to dig a ceremonial shovelful of soggy Indiana soil. “It is a good Midwestern area.”
Satellite Industries makes portable sanitation products and ships them across the nation and into 125 countries, according to Babcock. And the Bristol facility will be a key player in moving those products around the globe on semi-trailers and shipping containers.
“They will bring them right here to the (industrial) park and ship them to 125 countries,” Babcock said.
The factory will be constructed by Nuway Construction of Goshen at the end of Commerce Drive. The industrial park is just east of Ind. 15 south of the Indiana Toll Road.
“Being just off of I-80 is a big plus,” Babcock said.
He said when the company was looking for a new plant/distribution site, executives toured the Midwest to investigate each site personally. At the end of that extensive road trip, Babcock said the Bristol location felt like the right fit.
“We are from Minnesota and it is very similar to what we are used to — good values and good work ethic,” he said of Bristol.
Local workers will manufacture the company’s luxury restroom trailer with the brand name Satellite Suites.
On the distribution side, the company will use the new facility to consolidate several distribution locations.
Nuway will begin construction soon and the goal is to have the 118,180-square-foot facility on 23 acres completed in October.
The Bristol Town Council annexed the property and provided a tax phase-in incentive to the company.