Event Exhibit Designer Group, Delphi, Invests $4 Million To Relocate To Expanded Quarters In Fort Wayne, Indiana
Area Development Online News Desk (12/20/2013)
ICON Exhibits LLC, a designer and producer of exhibits for events, trade shows, museums and retail marketplaces that does business as Group Delphi, plans to expand its operations center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, creating up to 99 new jobs by 2017.
Group Delphi will invest more than $4 million to lease and equip a new 200,000 square-foot facility at Zubrick and Silverado Roads in Allen County. The facility, which is expected to be operational by late 2014, will allow the company to continue to grow and attract new clients to its roster of global clients.
The company, which currently employs more than 30 full-time Indiana associates, plans to begin hiring for production and warehousing positions in November 2014, with additional project management, engineering, estimating and account management positions to be added later with the expansion.
"Over the last four years we have grown in our commitment to and enthusiasm for Indiana, and Fort Wayne in particular," said Justin Hersh, CEO and Founder of Group Delphi. "Indiana is a great place to do business with a highly skilled and motivated workforce. The business climate in Indiana led us to the conclusion that this was the right place to expand."
"Indiana companies like Group Delphi are sparking Hoosier ideas for interactive storytelling, reaching consumers around the world," said Gov. Mike Pence. "Just like Group Delphi stages exhibits to create the best possible environment for their clients, over the years we've staged Indiana with the optimum conditions to build a business, making this truly a state that works."
As an incentive, Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered ICON Exhibits LLC up to $830,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $80,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. In addition Allen County approved additional incentives at the request of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.