NiSource Inc. is transferring 20 jobs from its Merrillville headquarters to a new office complex recently built in the Arena District of Columbus, Ohio.
The 20 employees currently working those jobs in the treasury and insurance departments at NiSource headquarters are being offered the opportunity to transfer to Columbus or take severance packages, according to NiSource spokesman Mike Banas.
NiSource occasionally moves employees into and out of the company's Merrillville headquarters according to the company's business needs, Banas said.
The NiSource jobs will be moved during the next nine months from Merrillville to what will be the new headquarters for Columbia Gas, which is a NiSource subsidiary in Ohio. That new headquarters is located at 240-290 Nationwide Blvd., which is just a short distance away from the headquarters building Columbia Gas has occupied since 1983.
In all, 650 Columbia Gas employees are expected to move into the new $50 million, six-story complex.
The NiSource headquarters is at 801 E. 86th Ave, Merrillville. It also serves as the headquarters for its NIPSCO subsidiary. About 800 people work there.
NiSource is one of seven Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Indiana. It owns utilities in seven states as well as a gas transmission business serving 16 states.
A move of NiSource's headquarters to Columbus has been rumored off and on ever since NiSource swallowed up Columbia Gas parent Columbia Group in 2001. Banas said nothing like that is in the works.
"Our headquarters is in northern Indiana," Banas said. "We have ties to this area that exceed 100 years. We are staying here."