Since Marian’s humble beginnings in 1954 as a single location rubber distributor, the company has continued to grow not only in manufacturing capabilities but also in footprint to help solve problems for customers all over the world. Throughout its history, the leadership at Marian has made decisions with long-term investment and strategy in mind. Marian is continuing to grow and expand their facilities at multiple locations. This is the first of numerous announcements describing such efforts.
Recently, Marian, Inc.’s Headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana underwent two major construction projects to add over 42,000 SF of space to their growing business. Please continue reading below to learn more about these exciting additions.
As stated in this news post, Marian, Inc. breaks ground on the new addition to Headquarters, Marian began construction on an addition to the back of the building in the late summer of 2017. This expansion project added 12,000 square feet of space to the existing building. The new space was complete and ready for action in the spring of 2018.
The objective of this addition was to create a new space for the machine shop operations. In this machine shop, Marian designs and produces their own die-cutting machines and other converting equipment for all worldwide Marian production facilities. This is very important to Marian as it allows them to build capabilities to offer customers solutions that are not otherwise possible. This differentiates Marian from other converting companies in the industry.
Marian’s team in the machine shop is comprised of 11 full-time employees, including CNC machinists, manual machinists, and machine assemblers. Since the opening of the new space, this team has designed and produced over 30 new machines to be sent to Marian locations all over the world.
In 2020, following the addition of the machine shop, Marian made the strategic decision to expand its HQ building again by adding to the existing 3rd floor of the building. This new expansion was put in motion to meet current and future demand for our die-cutting and converting capabilities.
In 1928, Kroger built the current Marian HQ building to make bread for the city of Indianapolis. Marian purchased this building in 1996 and has been operating out of this building since 1998. The structural engineers of the original building designed it with upward expansion in mind. This created ideal conditions to expand vertically and add to the 3rd floor.
According to Marian’s President, William Witchger, “It was an easy decision to expand our building in downtown Indianapolis. We have a great location for our employees and our business. It was fun to design a new floor with modern features while maintaining the character of this incredible historic building. With this additional state-of-the-art manufacturing space, we will add jobs, production capacity, and new technologies to continue to advance our service to our customers and 12 divisions worldwide.”
The expansion project started in the fall of 2020. The project included the building of the new space as well as the addition of an elevator and stair tower. The construction efforts went smoothly and did not impact existing manufacturing and business on the lower floors, allowing Marian to continue to meet customer needs.
Construction wrapped up in the spring of 2021. The addition to the 3rd floor created over 30,000 square feet in manufacturing space for die-cutting and converting operations. The space also includes the new home of Marian’s state-of-the-art prototyping lab.
With both projects, Marian made a concerted effort to choose exterior finishes that complement the unique historical features of the building. From the masonry, to the green shaded glass windows, to the oxidized copper tops of the elevator and stair towers, Marian did not cut any corners with finishes so that the exterior reflects the excellence that happens on the inside.
As stated, this is the first of numerous expansion projects happening across Marian locations worldwide. Check back for more announcements of growth in the near future.
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