60 new jobs to be created by 2021
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Sauder Manufacturing Co., a commercial furniture manufacturer, today announced plans to invest $3.2 million to expand its operations into New Haven, creating up to 60 new jobs over the next four years.
Located at 10801 Rose Avenue, the 159,000 square-foot facility will nearly double Sauder’s current production and office space, and will enable the company to improve production work flows, improve access for the logistics needed to serve its customers, and provide capacity for its continued growth, particularly in the healthcare market. The company plans to begin work on the new facility this summer and anticipates completing the relocation in late 2017.
“As a state, Indiana has worked diligently to establish a pro-growth business climate that is now recognized as one of the top five in the U.S., ” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Under the leadership of Governor Eric J. Holcomb, we will continue to make job creation a priority by investing in infrastructure, education and workforce development to support the continued growth and success of businesses like Sauder Manufacturing.”
The company, which is a subsidiary of Ohio-based Sauder Woodworking Co., serves four markets (worship, healthcare, higher education and human services) with annual sales of $100 million.
“We selected this facility following an extended assessment with internal and third party resources of multiple alternatives,” President & CEO Phil Bontrager said. “This strategic investment aligns with our Lean Enterprise strategy to continue strengthening our engaged organization in each part of the company.”
Sauder Manufacturing is expected to receive an incentive package valued at $386,291 in conditional tax credits and training grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and $23,500 in services from Northeast Indiana Works. The company will also be eligible for a real and personal property tax phase-in valued at $62,791 from the City of New Haven.
“The city of New Haven is proud to have Sauder Manufacturing as the newest member of our business community,” Mayor Terry McDonald, City of New Haven, said. “Their relocation and expansion in northeast Indiana is further proof of the excellent business climate of our state and particularly the northeast region.”
About Sauder Manufacturing
Sauder Manufacturing Co. is a subsidiary of Sauder Woodworking Co. in Archbold, Ohio. Established in 1943, Sauder is North America’s leading producer of ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture and one of the top five residential furniture manufacturers in the United States. For more information, visit www.sauder.com. For more information on Sauder Manufacturing Co., visit www.saudermfg.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.