Company Plans to Add Up to 337 Jobs, Invest $51.1 Million
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Fort Wayne Metals, a medical wire company, today announced plans to significantly expand its footprint in Fort Wayne by adding one new building and revitalizing another. The expansion will create up to 337 new jobs and fuel a total estimated capital investment of $51.1 million over the next five years.
Fort Wayne Metals continues to experience growing demand, both internationally and domestically. In response, the company plans to construct a two-story, 40,000-square-foot addition to its corporate office building at 9609 Ardmore Ave. Fort Wayne Metals will also revitalize a 60,000-square-foot building located at 4202 Piper Drive, which the company recently purchased for expansion. This project will increase the company’s production capacity for precision wire and wire-based components for the medical device industry and other critical applications. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2017.
The new jobs will be created in all areas of the business: production and maintenance, business systems, thermal processing, statistical process control, regulatory compliance, production maintenance, environmental, safety, and more. To learn more and apply, visit fwmetals.com/people.
“Indiana has earned a reputation as one of the world’s leading medical device hubs,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “Every day, Hoosiers are at work developing new life-saving solutions, and I’m excited to see that trend continue with the growth of our life sciences sector and industry-leading firms like Fort Wayne Metals.”
Fort Wayne Metals serves a worldwide customer base. Services include research and development, production, and distribution of high-quality materials, precision wire, strands and cables, and mechanical assemblies for medical devices and other demanding applications.
“As we continue to be innovative leaders of life-saving, high-quality material solutions, we are experiencing a global increase in demand,” said Troy Linder, chief financial officer at Fort Wayne Metals. “Our investment in facilities and people will help build the infrastructure necessary to meet this demand, and we are excited to be able to partner with the IEDC and Greater Fort Wayne Inc. to continue to expand our footprint in Fort Wayne.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Fort Wayne Metals up to $84,000 in training grants and up to $3,449,000 in conditional tax credits, based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Northeast Indiana Works will provide the company with additional hiring and training assistance. Fort Wayne City Council will also consider tax phase-ins for Fort Wayne Metals’ eligible real and personal (equipment) property investments.
“I continue to be encouraged by the job growth and private investment we’re experiencing in our community,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “We’re appreciative of the commitment by Fort Wayne Metals. Their decision to expand and add hundreds of new jobs is another example of the positive momentum we’re seeing in Fort Wayne.”
As Fort Wayne and Allen County’s primary point of contact for economic development services, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. worked with state and local partners to assist Fort Wayne Metals with their expansion plans. To date in 2017, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has assisted 27 businesses in expansions or relocations in Allen County, resulting in a total of nearly $237,000,000 in new investment and 1,838 projected new jobs.
About Fort Wayne Metals
Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp is a leading manufacturer of high-quality materials, precision wire, strands and cables, and component assemblies for medical devices and other demanding applications. Fort Wayne Metals is an ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and AS 9100 registered company with over 1,000 employees at their corporate headquarters in Fort Wayne, Ind., as well as in Columbia City, Ind., and Castlebar, Ireland. Learn more at www.fwmetals.com.
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. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.