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WESTFIELD, Ind. – Taranis, an Israeli ag technology company, announced plans Wednesday to set up its global headquarters in Westfield.

Taranis says it will create up to 60 new, high-paying jobs by 2023. It will invest nearly $10.5 million to lease and equip a new 6,000-square-foot facility at 725 E. Main Street in Westfield.

Company leaders met with Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials during a trade mission in 2018, according to Inside Indiana Business.

Taranis uses drone fleets to capture high-resolution photos of fields. Using its artificial intelligence platform, Taranis can evaluate the crops and help growers detect signs of nutrient deficiencies, weeds, crop diseases, insects, or water stress.

“Locating our global headquarters in the heart of America’s largest commodity crop production region enables us to interact more directly with our customers to better address the agronomic challenges of their growers,” said Mike DiPaola, general manager of North America and vice president of global sales at Taranis.

Taranis plans to consolidate its sales, marketing, and administrative functions at the new Westfield facility.

The company is hiring for positions in drone and aviation operations, customer success, marketing, and sales and has already hired seven people. Interested applicants can apply online.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Taranis up to $1.25 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s high-wage job creation plans.