Sweetwater Sound Expansion
Sweetwater Sound, Inc. has announced its decision to expand once again in Fort Wayne-Allen County, Indiana. The company will not only add 110,000 square feet to its current facility, but it will also add more than 315 full-time positions to its existing workforce of 413 over the next four years, plus a number of ancillary jobs related to Sweetwater’s partners, vendors, contractors, and restaurant and music school staffs.
Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack said, “Thanks to the great work of the Economic Development Alliance, Sweetwater will be able to continue to create jobs and grow in Fort Wayne.”
Most of the new jobs created will be “high-paying” and will result in many new employees moving with their families to Fort Wayne. Since Sweetwater moved into its new campus in November of 2006, a move that was made possible with help from an incentive package put together by the Alliance, total employment has grown from 240 to 413 today.
Sweetwater Sound’s decision to expand its current facility, which is located off of US Highway 30 West, allows the company to enhance its headquarters’ campus and maintain fully integrated operations. 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.
Over the last several years, Sweetwater’s growth in sales has been averaging more than 20 percent per year. The company is currently the third largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the United States.