Fort Wayne, Indiana – Vahala Foam is investing up to $7m in a new plant in Fort Wayne. The expansion could create up to 125 jobs by the end of 2024.
The company is leasing a 132,000ft2 (12,300m2) facility in the city. It currently employs 230 people at two locations in Elkhart, about 100km from Fort Wayne.
Vahala EVP Rebecca Stahly credited the team for the company’s growth. 'Together, we have earned a reputation for creating superior products for our clients and look forward to expanding those capabilities in the Fort Wayne area,' she said. 'We value our teammates and intend to build a culture of giving back to others and to our new community.'
The company said it will soon begin to hire for a variety of positions, including CNC operators, saw operators, drivers, shipping and receiving personnel, maintenance technicians and general labourers.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered Vahala Foam up to $1m in tax credits. The company will be able to claim these after local workers are hired for the new jobs.
The new location is within Fort Wayne’s Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District, which qualifies the company for additional incentives. Northeast Indiana Works will provide hiring and training assistance.
Vahala Foam was founded in 1991. Its products are used in products including furniture, mattresses, pillows, carpet padding, protective packaging and automotive seating.