FORT WAYNE, Ind. (FOX 55) - What started in 1979 in a Volkswagen van is making its third major expansion in 6 years.
Sweetwater Sound announced today it's investing $76 million into a empty field that'll become a 300,000 square foot facility.
1,009 jobs will be added at the Sweetwater campus with this expansion, something Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says shows commitment to Fort Wayne.
"He could have put these 1000 jobs somewhere else if he wanted to, but he believes in fort wayne, this is his hometown and he says he's committed and I think today's announcement proves that," said Mayor Henry.
Sweetwater founder Chuck Surack said he had some other places in mind, but Fort Wayne was really appealling.
He said "I tell people all the time, why not Fort Wayne? There's a lot of great things going on here. We really have a lot of quality of place going. Everything from the investment in our ballpark to now the Riverfront, the Landing, the Electric Works. It's a great place to raise a family and there's a lot of entertainment in our community. I think it's a great place to grow a business."
Governor Eric Holcomb was on hand at the announcement today and says what's going on in Fort Wayne is proof of what can be done throughout the state.
Governor Holcomb said of Sweetwater, "Their continued development and expansion is proof-positive that we have a state that offers a high quality of life with the quality of place that will continue to develop itself and companies can prosper and that, in-turn, works its way to the kitchen table."
When asked whether he thought Sweetwater would end up where it is now, Surack said "There is no way I could have had the vision in 1979, 40 years ago, to grow anything like this. I'm just so blessed and thankful that the community and our customers and our employees have supported such an incredible dream and an incredible ride and we're not done, we're going to continue to grow for a long time."
The new facility will be operational in summer of 2020 and finished in 2022.