FRANKLIN—The City of Franklin may want to consider making the Energizer Bunny its official mascot if plans with the battery-maker work out.
Franklin Mayor Steve Barnett confirms the city is working with Energizer Manufacturing to bring a distribution center to the area near State Road 44 and I 65.
For it to happen, the Franklin City Council would need to approve a 10-year package of property tax breaks. A vote is expected next Monday.
The 933,000 square-foot building Energizer would locate in already exists. There, Energizer would package batteries that are made elsewhere. Franklin would be the distribution site for most Energizer products.
The company plans to hire 440 workers by 2022, at yearly salaries between $35,000 and $84,000. The higher wages are for an estimated 27 managers and the lower ones for the rest of the workforce.
The I 65 corridor between Indianapolis and Franklin is growing rapidly with distribution facilities and other businesses. To encourage the growth and improve traffic flow, an interchange between Greenwood and Whiteland at Worthsville Road was added in 2015.