Sutton-Garten celebrates return to Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Sutton-Garten is ready to celebrate its return to Fort Wayne. The Indianapolis-based company will host a grand opening for its local branch, located at 5001 Industrial Rd. The celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Thursday, June 17.

Sutton-Garten distributes welding supplies and gases for use in a variety of industries. The company also manufactures dry ice on site and delivers bulk carbon dioxide for beverage systems and industrial users.

“We are excited to return to Fort Wayne with our new location,” said Sam Gorr, branch manager. “With the popularity of home delivery of food and groceries, and the rebound of the restaurant industry, we are confident that we will continue to grow and invest in our Fort Wayne branch business. We have a great team of dedicated and experienced employees who work hard and are here to meet the needs of our customers.”

Founded in Indianapolis in 1918, Sutton-Garten’s presence in the Summit City dates back to 1946 when a local branch opened on South Harrison Street. The company later moved to a location on Industrial Road before the branch was sold in the 1960s. The current facility is just a few doors north of the previous location.

The celebration is more than a year in the making: Sutton-Garten invested more than $1 million in its return to Fort Wayne about 15 months ago, but grand-opening festivities were pushed back due to the pandemic. In that short time, the local staff has quickly built its footprint in northeast Indiana, southern Michigan, and western Ohio, doubling its dry-ice production and carbon dioxide storage capacity. The local staff has grown from two employees to eight.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, slated to begin at noon on June 17, is open to the public. After the ceremony concludes, guests can enjoy light refreshments, door prizes, equipment demonstrations, and more.

About Sutton-Garten Co.

For more than 100 years, Sutton-Garten Co. has provided quality welding and cutting equipment, supplies and gases to the metal-working industry. We also rent and repair welding and cutting equipment, offer weld training and certifications, produce dry ice, and provide bulk gases to the food and beverage market. To learn more,

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Ind., as its 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.