“This expansion of our Charlestown, IN. facility reflects our ongoing commitment to client-focused solutions that are developed and implemented to ensure maximum return on their investments, and ultimately to improve people’s lives,” stated Knipper President & CEO, Mike Laferrera. “We greatly appreciate the State of Indiana, the City of Charlestown, River Ridge Commerce Center, and One Southern Indiana (1si) for their efforts in helping us expand to meet new demands.”
Founded in 1986 and celebrating its 35th Anniversary, J. Knipper and Company, Inc. is headquartered in Lakewood, N.J. and established its Charlestown distribution center in 2016. Known for being an integral part of the communities in which it is located, Knipper has been awarded the Clara Barton Corporate Humanitarian Award by the American Red Cross and the Corporate Citizen of the Year award by Catholic Charities for volunteer efforts by Knipper employees.
“The City of Charlestown is fortunate to have great companies like J. Knipper providing opportunities for our residents in the region,” commented Treva Hodges, PhD, Mayor of Charlestown, Ind. “This expansion is an exciting indication of the endless possibilities that are currently found in the River Ridge Commerce Center not only for new, but for existing businesses. We’re thrilled to see the growth.”
Located between Charlestown and Jeffersonville, IN, Knipper’s facility is situated in the River Ridge Commerce Center, a world-class 6,000-acre business and manufacturing park under development along the Ohio River, across from Louisville, KY. Recently, the River Ridge Commerce Center reported increased employment, expanded development, and generated an increase of $2.5 billion in economic output in 2019 alone — the largest output from the business park since it opened.
“On behalf of the entire River Ridge community, I want to compliment J. Knipper and Company for its continued growth and success,” said River Ridge Executive Director Jerry Acy. “We are very pleased that the company has continued to grow at the River Ridge Commerce Center and make this its Southern Indiana home. Knipper is the type of innovative, growth-oriented employer we value and very much appreciate. They have an important role in serving the nation’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and we are glad to support their success.”
Wendy Dant Chesser, CEcD, President and CEO, One Southern Indiana (1si), added, “With Knipper’s second expansion since the initial build in 2016, we are excited about their continued investment into our Southern Indiana Community. 1si looks forward to working with them in the future.”