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Tuesday, August 06, 2019 1:00 am

Local spinoff to hire 170 workers

Guardian seeks mechanical engineering technicians

ROSA SALTER RODRIGUEZ | The Journal Gazette

Guardian Machine Protection, a spinoff of a local company that provides preventive maintenance service for manufacturing equipment, will hire 170 new workers.

An announcement from Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says the company at 6015 Highview Drive will need mechanical engineering technicians to support growth.

The company will be hiring in upcoming weeks and during the next five years, said Yan Wall, Guardian's founder and chief executive officer. 

Wall said Guardian was created out of some of the services provided by Wall Control Services, which started in 2011. 

Guardian plans to offer manufacturers a subscription-based, flexible model that allows it to respond to companies “when their maintenance staffs are too busy attending to urgent issues,” Wall said. 

The company also offers monthly preventive maintenance plans to keep industrial companies running at top efficiency and maintenance costs down, she said.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered Guardian $1 million in tax credits, conditional on the company's hiring plans. 

The incentives are performance-based, meaning that until people are hired, the company cannot claim the incentives, according to the IEDC.

The Fort Wayne City Council will consider tax phase-ins for Guardian's eligible real estate and business equipment investments, Wall said, but added that it's too soon to know to what extent or when that will take place.

Northeast Indiana Works will provide the company with additional hiring and training assistance.

Wall said Guardian's services were previously provided by contract workers and the new company hoped to use state-based hiring assistance programs but found it difficult to find enough appropriately skilled workers.

A four-year mechanical engineering technician degree or a two-year degree with appropriate experience is needed for the jobs, she said.

People can email résumés to HR@guardianmp.com or apply at IndianaCareerConnect.com.   

Elaine Bedel, IEDC president, praised the company's investment in a statement as advancing Indiana's reputation as a leader in manufacturing.

Bedel said the new jobs in northeast Indiana will support “even more quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.” 

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement that city officials appreciate Guardian's commitment to the city because it makes the community “stronger” and “more vibrant.”

“I'm encouraged by the growth and success that Guardian Machine Protection is experiencing,” he said.   

rsalter@jg.net