It’s the home of Michael Jackson and David Letterman, and now we’re announcing that Indiana is home to Patti Engineering’s newest office. We are located way down in Kokomo, Indiana! This is the second new office this year, joining our Chattanooga office, which opened in January 2015. While the question of how Indiana got its nickname “The Hoosier State” remains a 170+ year mystery, how we chose Indiana for our next office is not!
Indiana’s recent economic growth has been a “Thriller”, with real GDP expected to rise 2.7% in 2015 according to BMO Capital Markets. Auto and manufacturing industries are leading that growth, landing Indiana on several “Top Ten Lists.” Auto manufacturing is second in the nation according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Indiana is also second in the nation for manufacturing employment growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2013 and 2014, manufacturing employment Indiana’s manufacturing employment grew 4.5%, far above the national average of 1.6%!
With Indiana’s favorable business environment, our partners have been requesting a Patti Engineering office in the area. Kokomo, Indiana was chosen for its proximity to several key clients, including Chrysler Kokomo and Honda in west Ohio.
We started to explore options in the 4th quarter of 2014 and we were able to move quickly, hiring Nick Hobbs in February of 2015. About a half a dozen of Patti Engineering’s clients were located in the area prior to the opening of the office, and we plan to expand to more clients.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to build and grow the Kokomo regional office. I want to be more than a success here in the Midwest,” says Nick.
Nick Hobbs will be spearheading business development for the region, while operations are currently run out of our Michigan office. We will be adding at least 2 more employees in Indiana by the end of the year. Kokomo is currently a virtual office, with the possibility of a physical office as early as 2016.
Being closer to our clients in the Midwest will be a win-win. The expansion will increase our business opportunities and our customers will benefit from readily accessible integration expertise.