From a written release received Tuesday morning:
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Mar. 27 2011) — Android Industries (Android) announced today that it will be locating a new operation at 13008 Fogwell Parkway Road. The company plans to make improvements to the existing building by adding 4,000 square feet to the office area and installing additional shipping bays. Android will hire 66 new employees for its Fort Wayne location which is scheduled to be operational in August 2012.
Android is an automotive manufacturing company that specializes in sub-assembly, sequencing and logistics. The company has twelve plants in the United States, three plants in Mexico, one plant in Spain, one plant in Brazil, and the location in Allen County, Indiana will increase the company's footprint to seventeen plant locations. Android will invest nearly $7.3 million in its new facility, making it the largest investment in Allen County for 2012.
"Android chose Indiana and specifically Fort Wayne because it's both an employee and employer friendly environment," stated Dave Donnay, vice president of human resources at Android Industries. "The fact that Fort Wayne has earned the distinction of being 'an All American City' validates our choice. This award is earned by community problem solving, collaboratively tackling problems and achieving results, and these attributes are in line with Android's founding principles. Recently, Indiana became a right to work state. Fort Wayne offers us a competitive location and a skilled work force to complement our state of the art technology. All of these factors went into choosing Fort Wayne as an optimal location."
The Allen County Council will consider phasing in new property taxes associated with the project. Android could save approximately $229,700 while still paying over $143,000 in real estate and personal property tax abatements over the next seven years.
"We are excited to welcome Android Industries to the Allen County community," stated Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters. "Allen County will continue to provide the skilled workforce and environment that will allow the company to grow here." The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Android Industries Ft. Wayne, LLC up to $350,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.
"We have worked hard to create one of the best business climates in the country," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "I am happy that Android chose Indiana to open this new operation. Their new home will give them every opportunity for success due to our pro-growth environment and the unrivaled work ethic of Hoosiers."
Android operates as a state of the art sub-assembler and sequencer of complex modules for automotive OEMs, including tire and wheel, engine, suspension, axle, and instrument panel modules. Additionally, Android provides coating and powder coating, logistic optimization centers and supply chain management. Android's corporate headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. To learn more about Android, visit www.android-ind.com.
About 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.