The official groundbreaking for Sweetwater's 110,000 square foot expansion concludes with the traditional shovel ceremony. (l-r): Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Sweetwater Founder and President Chuck Surack, Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters, and Sweetwater V.P. of Operations John Hopkins.
New York, NY (November 20, 2012)—Sweetwater Sound has broken ground on a 110,000 square foot expansion at the company’s campus in Fort Wayne, IN. In attendance for the ceremony were Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, other elected city and county officials, and representatives of local economic development organizations.
The expansion will include 35,000 square feet of additional warehouse space, with the remaining 75,000 square feet devoted to marketing and sales staff, plus additional conference and training space. Sweetwater Sound plans to invest at least $23.6 million. The company was offered an incentive package of $7.1 million spread over ten years from the State of Indiana, Allen County, and the City of Fort Wayne, which would be available based on Sweetwater's meeting annual benchmarks, including job creation.
Along with the new addition, Sweetwater expects to add more than 315 full-time positions to its workforce over the next four years, plus a number of ancillary jobs related to Sweetwater's partners, vendors, contractors and restaurant and music school staffs. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014.
Sweetwater Sound began business 33 years ago in Fort Wayne; the company is currently the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the United States.
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