Do it Best Corp., a global leader in the independent home improvement industry, has signed a letter of intent to locate its corporate headquarters at Electric Works in Fort Wayne.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and other local regional and state leaders joined Do it Best Corp. CEO Dan Starr and representatives of RTM Ventures, the development team behind Electric Works, in making the announcement today. The letter of intent calls for Do it Best Corp. to occupy almost 200,000 square feet of space on multiple floors in Building 26 on the project’s West Campus, with the ability to add up to 20,000 square feet more if needed for expansion.

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“Electric Works is a neighborhood improvement project with regional impact. It is what we need in every quadrant of Fort Wayne.”

Fort Wayne City Council members Geoff Paddock, D-5th; Tom Didier, R-4th; Glynn Hines, D-at large; and Tom Freistroffer, R-at large published an editorial in the Jan. 12 edition of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in support of Electric Works.

“There’s a character to these buildings that cannot be replicated.”
 
National Geographic included Electric Works in a recent story on how Midwest communities are bringing former industrial sites back to life.
 
 

“Electric Works will contribute to the local community even before the first tenant opens, officials announced Tuesday.

RTM Ventures…has partnered with nonprofit Joshua’s Hand to create apprenticeship programs that will employ minorities during construction.”

Source: Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette

“That clean-up has gone more efficiently than expected, leaving funds left to clean buildings not included in the original scope of work.”
Our thanks to Fort Wayne City Council, the Capital Improvement Board and the Allen County Commissioners for their continued support and investment.

After skipping out on the 2019 event, one of the region’s biggest music festivals is coming back with a bang.

SOURCE: WPTA-TV

“Jeff Kingsbury of RTM Ventures said more than 160,000 square feet of commercial or institutional space is from tenants who are new to Allen County. These tenants plan to create hundreds of new jobs in the county…”

 

Source: WANE-TV

Conjure Coffee will appear in two spots in the former General Electric Campus. A cafe will be featured in the Electric Works Innovation Center while a coffee bar and roastery will be featured in the campus’s food hall and public market.

SOURCE: WANE-TV

Sweetwater Urban Farms, an Atlanta-based company founded in 2017 that uses aeroponic technology, helped by with proven Internet of Things — no human interaction to transfer data — to produce nutrient-rich greens and herbs, will open a greenhouse in the food hall at the planned Electric Works.

SOURCE: Indiana Economic Development Digest

“Sweetwater Urban Farms, which uses aeroponic technology augmented with internet connectivity to produce nutrient-rich greens and herbs, will open a greenhouse inside the food hall at the Electric Works.”

SOURCE: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette