Pence: Indiana is a state that “works for logistics”. Photo: Gage Skidmore

US-based powersports and automotive parts distributor Avept has announced plans to buy and renovate a 100,000 sq.ft (30,480 sq.m) facility in Brownsburg, Indiana.

The $6.32m project will see the creation of 118 new jobs by 2019.

Avept, founded in 2005, supplies small service and repair shops with parts for all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, cars and trucks. The company shipped more than half a million parts across the US last year from its California distribution centre.

From the new location, the company will be able to deliver products three to four days faster than it can solely from its California facility.

Nathan Klejwa, president of Avept said: “As the crossroads of America, Indiana’s central geography will lower our delivery costs and get products into customers’ hands in half the time.”

In addition, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Avept up to $595,000 in conditional tax credits, as well as training grants.

The Indiana facility is expected to be ready by the end of the year and will initially be used to distribute more than 10,000 different components to customers throughout the Midwest, with the aim of increasing this number to 100,000 in the next two years. In addition to distribution, it will also house sales, customer service and product development operations.

Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence – who also happens to be the republican nominee for vice-president – said there had been more than 158,000 new jobs in the state since 2013 and described Indiana as a state that “works for logistics”.