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Sweetwater, Weigand Construction holds topping out ceremony

The topping out ceremony signifies the highest steel piece going into a building.

Posted: May 17, 2019 7:51 PM
Updated: May 18, 2019 8:26 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Sweetwater Sound reached a big milestone on their path to expansion.

The Weigand Construction crew placed the last joist on the top of Sweetwater’s new distribution center at their campus on U.S. 30.

The topping out ceremony included three sheet metal panels with the names of employees signed on it in commemoration of the new building.

The topping out ceremony featured an American flag, representing 0 accidents on the top, a pine tree representing good luck and the signatures.

Larry Weigand, CEO of Weigand Construction explained the importance of the signatures, saying "The signatures are significant because each future inhabitant of the building, stakeholders of the company, all sign their name so they’re physically becoming part of the building. So, anytime they come through now, they can look up and say I remember when I signed that piece of steel."

The new building will be used for distribution for Sweetwater. Founder and CEO Chuck Surack said, "We represent over 1000 manufacturers and we’ll soon be filling the walls and the ceiling with vendor products from all around the world and as our customers order them, we package them up and send them out the same day."

The entire building is expected to be complete in early 2020.

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