For HIS Management Corporation CEO Terry Morgan, the groundbreaking for the new facility on the corner of Frontage Road and 850 North signified coming home.
“This is our home, it’s been our home, it’s been my family’s home for like 200 years,” he said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to bring our business back home.”
Morgan, who grew up in Shelby County, decided to consolidate his Indianapolis operations in Shelby County because he grew up here and many of his employees already live here. HIS Management includes HIS Constructors Inc., HIS Transport LLC, and Blue River Environmental and Restoration LLC.
“The Blue River name ought to be a clue that someday we were planning on being here,” he said. “And I’ll tell you, we had that in mind when we named the business almost 10 years ago.”
The 20,000-square-foot building will act as corporate offices and be the headquarters for administration, engineering and operations personnel. Morgan said he expects to have 50 people in the facility full-time. HIS companies employ about 300 people who will be in and out of the facility.
In addition to the building, the surrounding land will act as storage for the construction equipment HIS Constructors, Inc. uses daily.
“We’re building something here that’s going to survive me and some of us other folks here. It’s our plan that this is here. It would thrill me to know that someday our grandchildren worked out of this office.”
Morgan said he plans to hire more employees over time to fill the building. He expects the building to be completed by summer 2021.
“This really is the culmination of 25 years of really hard, dedicated work by a lot of people,” Morgan said. “I’m happy that our family is able to make an investment like this in Shelby County.”
Morgan and several county officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon.
The county commissioners said HIS Management’s decision to build at that location, which is at the border of Marion and Shelby Counties, would promote business growth in Shelby County.
“The growth it will bring here is something [the next] generation will see more than mine,” commissioner Chris Ross said.
Commissioner Don Parker added: “With Terry starting this, we hope other companies will follow suit.”