FORT WAYNE, Ind. – American Sealants, Inc. is growing again. The manufacturer today announced plans are in motion to add up to 28 new jobs and invest up to $2.9 million in its Fort Wayne facility by the end of 2024.
Family-owned and -operated since its founding in Fort Wayne in 1987, American Sealants manufactures and packages adhesives and sealants for a variety of markets including construction, manufacturing, retail DIY applications, automotive aftermarket and many more. American Sealants has its own “ASI” brand but the company also private labels its products for a variety of companies across the world.
“We are excited to continue our growth in the Fort Wayne area,” said Andrew Zaremba, vice president at American Sealants. “Most of our employees have roots here which is very important to us and at the same time Fort Wayne is a great place for new employees outside the area to call home.”
American Sealants will remain in its current location at 9190 Yeager Dr., expanding the building and parking lot by 25,000 square feet. This added space will enable the company to add employees, manufacturing and warehouse space, and a state-of-the-art lab to support growth in its environmentally friendly adhesive and sealant product line. Construction is already underway; Zaremba hopes to begin using the additional space by Oct. 1.
The company, which currently employs 75 associates, will hire maintenance technicians, compounders, machine operators, material handlers and packagers beginning immediately. Interested applicants can learn more and apply at americansealantsinc.com/job-openings, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 260-399-5047.
American Sealants has grown rapidly in recent years. The company’s most recent expansion was announced in 2015, when company leaders revealed plans to move into the 60,000-square-foot facility on Yeager Drive near Fort Wayne International Airport.
“Indiana continues to be a leader in manufacturing, with more than 9,000 manufacturing facilities and the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation,” said Jim Staton, SVP and chief business development officer for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “We’re proud American Sealants has chosen to stay and grow in Indiana and look forward to supporting the company’s continued growth for years to come.”
Based on the company’s planned capital investment in Indiana, the IEDC committed to an investment in American Sealants of up to $90,000 in conditional tax credits from the Hoosier Business Investment (HBI) tax credit program. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once investments are made. Fort Wayne City Council approved tax phase-ins for American Sealants’ eligible real and personal (equipment) property investments. Northeast Indiana Works will provide the company with additional hiring and training assistance.
“American Sealants continues to be an important and successful business in our community,” Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said. “It’s our time in Fort Wayne to see additional growth and investments. The work being done by American Sealants and plans for new jobs sends a strong message that Fort Wayne is a great place for the advanced manufacturing sector.”
About American Sealants, Inc.
Located in Fort Wayne, Ind., American Sealants has become a trusted manufacturer of sealants, adhesives, and specialty chemicals since 1987. We have built a successful company in a crowded market by having a team of good people who care about the performance of our products and the happiness of our customers. We understand the importance of being responsive and developing a partnership with our customers to help them achieve their goals. We are focused on manufacturing products that continue to perform in the toughest applications and environments. We have a commitment to quality that starts with formulation development and continues into compounding, packaging and shipping. Our product development team is continually working with the newest technologies to provide new and unique solutions for our customers’ applications. We not only want to improve product performance but also user safety and experience. Using the most advanced polymer technology available today we are formulating our hybrid polyether sealants, adhesives and coatings to set the benchmark for user safety and performance. Visit our website at americansealantsinc.com for more details on the products and services we offer.
About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. GFW Inc. worked with state and local partners to assist American Sealants with its expansion plans. In 2020, GFW Inc. assisted 20 businesses in expansions or relocations in Allen County, resulting in more than 1,850 projected new jobs, more than $69 million in new annual payroll, and more than $169 million in new investment.