|The 163-acre Sweetwater campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana.|
Sweetwater To Invest $76 Mil.
In Fort Wayne Campus
Five-year plan calls for adding 1,000 employees.
SWEETWATER SOUND has announced plans to expand its operations, investing $76.4 million into two new facilities on its 163-acre campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The move will add 1,009 new jobs over the next five years.
Construction will include a new 350,000-square-foot warehousing facility for product storage as well as gear testing, gear photography, offices, staff amenities, customer pickup, and more. An additional structure will house a 35,000-square-foot conference center holding up to 1,000 people to accommodate continuing education sessions for employees. The facility will also be available for members of the community to use for other events.
“This new warehouse facility will accommodate the tremendous growth we’ve experienced recently,” said Sweetwater founder and President Chuck Surack. “Our sales continue to increase each and every year, which means we need more room to be able to serve our customers in the way to which they’re accustomed. We are delighted to be able to continue to expand in Fort Wayne, where it all started.”
The buildings will be operational by the summer of 2020. Now employing more than 1,300 associates at its Fort Wayne headquarters, the company will add new hires in distribution, logistics, sales, marketing, merchandising, IT, and various other administrative roles over the next five years to support its growth. This will be Sweetwater’s third major expansion in recent years, following a 2012 expansion to its headquarters and the 2015 addition of an in-house marketing department and state-of-the-art video studio.
“Sweetwater continues to have a significant and positive presence in our community,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “I applaud and thank Chuck Surack for his commitment to Fort Wayne. The innovative and unique work taking place at Sweetwater is a tremendous boost to our local economy and job growth opportunities. The success and new investments being experienced at Sweetwater help position Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana as a point of destination to live, work, and play.”