Babicz Guitars, Inc., a world-renowned manufacturer of innovative high-end acoustic and electric guitars, has announced the establishment of a guitar production and distribution facility in Fort Wayne. The company is expanding from its current location in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and will operate product assembly, order fulfillment, and research and development functions in Fort Wayne (see complete news release here).
Babicz Guitars is purchasing a building in the Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Zone at 435 East Brackenridge Street. “Our expansion to Fort Wayne was an easy business decision to make and we are very pleased at the prospect of doing business in a great location,” said Jeff Babicz, president, CEO and designer for Babicz Guitars USA. “The State of Indiana and the City of Fort Wayne connected us to the resources we needed and being in a redeveloping area within the Urban Enterprise Zone made locating here even more attractive.
The emerging downtown cluster of arts and cultural resources also helped solidify this as our preferred location.” Babicz Guitars will invest approximately $839,000 in the building and improvements, production machinery, IT hardware and software. The company plans to employ 11 locally by the end of 2007 and to increase employment to 19 by the end of 2009.
While the number of employees is small, the expansion is another step in revitalizing downtown.