Central Rent-A-Crane, a heavy equipment rental company, will relocate its Indianapolis office to the Pleasant View area in upcoming months.
The commissioners approved the rezoning of 14.15 acres at 9250 N. Frontage Road on July 6, paving the way for the relocation.
The proposed development includes a 21,600-square-foot office and shop building, a 12,000-square-foot covered outdoor storage area, an approximately 7.5-acre gravel outdoor storage area, a 100+ space paved parking area, fuel station, scale, and a detention pond, according to Plan Commission materials posted to the county’s website.
Kevin Hileman, Branch Manager for Central Rent-A-Crane, said the company decided to relocate after seeing significant growth since they opened in Indy five years ago.
“[We] decided to plant permanent roots for future growth of the operation,” he said via email. “We had been searching for nearly five years for the ideal location, the southeastern corridor seemed like the best for due to the easy on and off access to Indianapolis.”
Hileman said the most appealing aspects of this location include easy interstate access.
“This location is out of the hustle, but yet only five minutes from it,” he said. “Shelby County has been amazing to work with throughout the entire zoning and variance process.”
“We looked at multiple locations over the last five years,” he said. “This location is much larger than a lot of the other available land options which will allow us room to expand for future growth of the ALL Family of Companies [who owns Central Rent-A-Crane].”
Central Rent-A-Crane plans to build a “state of the art” office, shop, and equipment storage facility. Key features of the proposed facility include a modern-looking office, heated shop floors, high bays for the cranes, an extensive parts room, covered storage for taxi cranes and a fleet of trucks, a training room, truck scales, and plenty of room for customer storage on demand, Hileman said.
“These 14 acres will provide us the room for a 17,500 sq. ft. shop with heated floors and 50’ ceilings, covered storage for the taxi fleet of trucks and cranes all supported by a main office capable of a staff to support the team and provide continuing safety training for ALL,” he said.
Construction is expected to begin and be completed in 2022. Central Rent-A-Crane plans to hire additional employees after construction begins.
“This branch will be ideally placed for future growth of the ALL Family of Companies,” Hileman said. “We are in the crossroads of Midwest.”