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Voss Automotive to grow in Fort Wayne, build new HQ

Statement as issued Monday by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance:

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 worldclass 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 Wayne business.”

About Voss Automotive

VOSS stands for experience, quality and innovation in line and connection technology. VOSS Automotive is the specialist for line and connection systems in pneumatic, fuel, hydraulic and exhaust technology applications in commercial vehicles, passenger cars and off-road vehicles. Worldwide, VOSS Automotive is present wherever line and connection technology is needed. VOSS Automotive, Inc. is a subsidiary of VOSS Automotive GmbH, of Germany. For additional information on VOSS Automotive, Inc., visit www.vossusa.com.

About the Alliance

The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance began in 2000 and is the lead organization for economic development activities throughout the county. We are a non-for-profit organization supported by Allen County, the City of Fort Wayne, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, and various others. The Alliance’s goal is to increase the base employment and tax base of Allen County through business retention, expansion, and attraction projects. To learn more about the Alliance, visit www.theallianceonline.com.

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