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The blue and orange reading tower in the children’s section of the Allen County Public Library is an example of the company’s interior work.

Icon Exhibits to build Midwest HQ

Icon Exhibits is planning to invest $11.8 million to build and equip a new Midwest division headquarters southwest of Fort Wayne.

The designer and builder of exhibits for trade shows and museums expects to create 68 new jobs with the expansion on undeveloped land at Zubrick and Silverado roads near Vera Bradley Inc.’s distribution center.

Icon Exhibits, which was founded in Fort Wayne by Michael Parrott in 1945, designated Alameda, Calif., its headquarters after merging with Alameda-based Delphi Productions in March 2009.

The blue and orange reading tower in the children’s section of the Allen County Public Library is an example of the company’s interior work.

Customers have included Paragon Medical Inc., Franklin Electric Co., American Specialty Insurance & Risk Services Inc., Lutheran Health Network and Do it Best Corp.

Icon Exhibits’ last major local investment was in 2009, when officials announced plans for a $4.3 million, 20,000-square-foot building addition at 8333 Clinton Park Drive.

That project was expected to create up to 60 jobs by 2012. The company employed 41 locally at that time.

Now, Icon Exhibits employs 35 in Fort Wayne, according to a filing with the county.

If approved, the abatements would save the company an estimated $1,025,000 on land and $42,500 on equipment.

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