Local company to expand business and add jobs
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (January 23, 2003) – Mayor Graham Richard used his second Report to the People speech to announce the City’s latest reinvestment efforts on the south side of Fort Wayne.
“Jobs and economic development are vital to the City’s success,” said Mayor Richard. “Our local economy benefits when we reinvest in our community. The redevelopment of Southtown Mall alone will generate more than 500 jobs.”
One example of reinvestment cited by Mayor Richard is Q.C. Printing, a south side business that is expanding and adding jobs. The City recently provided a loan and a grant to the company. This partnership enabled Q.C. Printing to keep its current 20 employees, add five new workers, purchase an adjacent facility on South Lafayette Street, and create a publications division called Providence Communications. The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance worked with the City and Q.C. Printing to solidify plans for the expansion.
“We’re grateful that the City is aiding in the advancement of south side businesses,” said Richard Cummins, president of Q.C. Printing. “The City has been a great partner in helping us expand our business and add jobs.”
Last year, the City approved more than $25 million in tax abatements for real estate improvements and manufacturing equipment in southern Fort Wayne. Reinvestment projects included the Falstaff property, Diskey Sign, Manco Products, and the Shuttle America and Pinnacle Airlines projects at Fort Wayne International Airport.
A major reinvestment project in 2001 was the establishment of the Fleming Companies, Inc. warehouse and distribution center at Meyer and Moeller roads.