FORT WAYNE, Ind. (October 15, 2012) – VOSS Automotive, Inc. (VOSS) announced plans today to
build a new state of the art North American Headquarters in Fort Wayne,
Indiana. This investment includes the purchase of 9.5 acres of land in the 4700
block of Hillegas Road, on which VOSS plans to build a new 35,000 square-foot
facility, including 25,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet
that will house a fully equipped design validation lab and prototype shop.
The new facility will include
environmentally friendly design elements such as High R value insulation that
will be used in the walls and roof of the building, as well as a geothermal
ground-loop heat exchanger system, which will reduce the buildings heating and
cooling loads. Furthermore, a sophisticated interior lighting control system
with daylight harvesting and motion sensors will be installed along with an
automated exterior blind system that adjusts to the movement of the sun and
clouds to reduce energy usage.
The success VOSS has had in Fort
Wayne has allowed the company to add 19 positions over the past year, and they
plan to add an additional 20 salaried positions with compensation that is
considered above average in the State of Indiana in the near future.
Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012.
The name VOSS stands for customized
fluid handling solutions for automotive and industrial applications with world-class engineering, production and
logistics expertise. Originally
founded in Germany in 1931, VOSS established its North American Headquarters in
Fort Wayne in 1997. Since then VOSS has
relied on the talent and resources available in Fort Wayne to expand its reach
in North America. The combination of VOSS’ high-quality product portfolio
including line and connection technology for fuel, coolant and SCR systems,
together with excellent service and awareness of customers needs has allowed
VOSS to grow rapidly in recent years.
“Fort Wayne and the State of Indiana
have been instrumental in helping us serve our customers and expand our
business in North America,” stated Eduardo Vultorius, CEO of VOSS. “The combination of a great location and a
skilled, motivated and hardworking workforce will continue to help VOSS secure
growth and success for many years to come.”
The City of Fort Wayne, WorkOne
Northeast, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) worked with
local company officials to ensure the German based Automotive Company remained
in Fort Wayne. Other locations
considered were Michigan and Ohio. The
company is currently awaiting approval for a ten year incentive package with a
grand total of $1.7 million.
“The City is excited to have an
international company choose Fort Wayne for its North American headquarters,”
stated Mayor Tom Henry. “Our ongoing relationship and open dialog with local
company executives allowed us to address specific needs to retain this Fort