This investment includes the purchase of 9.5 acres of land in the 4700 block of Hillegas Road where VOSS plans to build a 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 it plans to add an additional 20 salaried positions with compensation that is considered above average in the State of Indiana. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012.
“Fort Wayne and the State of Indiana have been instrumental in helping us serve our customers and expand our business in North America,” says 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.”
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.
“The City is excited to have an international company choose Fort Wayne for its North American headquarters,” says Mayor Tom Henry.