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BAE Systems To Establish Production Center In Fort Wayne, Indiana

BAE Systems, a global defense, security and aerospace company, broke ground its new Fort Wayne, Indiana, manufacturing site located near Fort Wayne International Airport at the corner of Ardmore Avenue and Airport Expressway. The company will retain more than 1,000 jobs at its new location, which plans to be a state-of-the-art engineering and production facility.

BAE Systems is currently located on Taylor Street in a building that was constructed in 1942. At this location, BAE Systems provides manufacturing and support services to the aviation industry.

“Today’s event demonstrates the unprecedented positive momentum we’re seeing in the City of Fort Wayne,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “We appreciate the commitment by BAE Systems to invest in our community. Job growth, job retention, economic development opportunities, and quality of life are the key components that make our City a leader in attracting and retaining jobs and businesses.”

Representatives at Greater Fort Wayne Inc., along with the City of Fort Wayne, the Capital Improvement Board, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation worked with BAE Systems to provide a competitive incentive package to keep the company in the community. BAE Systems considered alternative locations, but ultimately chose to remain in Fort Wayne.

“Aerospace innovations are skyrocketing to new heights, powered by Hoosier-built systems at BAE Systems. In turn, these Hoosier systems are powering our troops with advanced technology, as well as supporting the commercial aircraft dotting our skies today,” said Eric Doden, President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “As masters of manufacturing, Hoosiers’ expertise and dedication help companies like BAE Systems achieve their goals. With a business climate built for growth, Indiana stands out as a state that works.”

As an incentive, Fort Wayne City Council approved the tax abatement application and the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission approved the use of TIF Funds to support BAE Systems’ relocation in December of 2013. The Allen County Capital Improvement Board is also contributing to keeping BAE in the greater Fort Wayne community and approved funds for this project in November 2013.

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