FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Fort Wayne, and that’s great news to Mayor Tom Henry.
Earlier this month two companies announced they are expanding and hiring. Sweetwater, which touts itself as the number one online retailer of music instruments and audio gear in the U.S., announced they are going to create 285 jobs by 2018 after they expand their facilities. Then a week later Excellon Technologies Inc., a company that primarily serves the aerospace and defense industries, invested more than 2.1 million dollars to buy new equipment and to upgrade its existing 27,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Sherman Blvd. in order to produce the CapeAble product line.
Mayor Henry said he is pleased a number of companies in the area are expanding, so the unemployed can have a job.
“It’s not just new jobs coming in but many of our existing businesses are growing as well,” Mayor Henry said while on First News Saturday. “It’s a really great day for the city of Fort Wayne from an economic perspective.”
Mayor Henry also announced a new forum to help encourage job growth for Fort Wayne companies.
“One of the challenges for an employer is to find new employees with skill sets necessary to do the job,” Mayor Henry said. “Unfortunately in some cases those skill sets are not available in our city. So we are trying to get the employers and the educators together so there is some kind of synchronization takes place as far as course that are taught and jobs that become available.”
To learn about Fort Wayne’s economic development, construction and a little bit about Henry’s personal life, watch the interview in the video above.