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Fort Wayne beauty supply distributor to grow

Statement issued Friday:

Fort Wayne, Ind. (October 21, 2011) – Central States Beauty Supply Co., Inc. announced today that it will expand operations in Fort Wayne. The company, located at 5316 Illinois Road, will add 10,800 square feet to its existing building. Currently, the company has twenty-one employees and it plans to add four full-time employees to its inside and outside operational teams along with additional part-time educators.

"Increase in the recession resistant beauty industry has called for the need for additional space and employees," said Robert Bruns, president of Central States Beauty Supply Co., Inc. "Expanding in Allen County allows us to fulfill all of these requirements and gives us the opportunity to stay local and serve the surrounding areas."

The company has two locations, one in Fort Wayne and one in Evansville, Indiana. The Fort Wayne location will be adding 10,800 square feet to its current building for warehousing and will invest $850,000 over the span of a year. It will be eligible for a ten year abatement of property taxes valued at $121,858 to be introduced to Fort Wayne City Council on October 25, 2012.

Central States Beauty Supply Co., Inc. is a professional only beauty supplier. They are a wholesale distributor serving Indiana, Michigan and Ohio for the last sixty-seven years. The company is a business committed to providing professional beauty salons with innovative ideas and high-quality products through customer service in an environment that fosters trust ad teamwork. All of their products are exclusive to licensed cosmetologist professionals and available to the public through professional beauty salons and day spas.

"I'm glad to see Central State Beauty Supply make this investment in Fort Wayne both to its facility and by adding new jobs. New businesses are important to Fort Wayne, but it's important to note that many of our new jobs come from the expansion of existing businesses like Central State. We work hard every day to create an environment where businesses can prosper, good jobs can grow and families can thrive," said Mayor Tom Henry.

Central States Beauty Supply

Central States Beauty Supply Co., Inc. is a professional only beauty supply distributor serving Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. They offer exclusive high-quality products to licensed cosmetologist professionals, fullservice beauty salons and day spas. For additional information on Central States Beauty Supply Co., Inc., visit www.centralstates.biz.

The Alliance

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance began in 2000 as the lead organization for economic development activities throughout the county. We are a not-for-profit organization supported by Allen County, the City of Fort Wayne, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority. The Alliance's goal is to further the base employment of Allen County through business retention, expansion and attraction projects. To learn more about the Alliance, visit www.theallianceonline.com.

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