Relocation firm relocating HQ to Fort Wayne

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Global relocation giant Sirva Inc. announced plans this morning to centralize its national moving-services headquarters in Fort Wayne, creating 240 new jobs by 2011.

It already employs 450 there.

The firm, which operates Allied Van Lines and North American Van Lines, will invest more than $16 million to consolidate its Illinois-based national moving services operations to its existing 288,000-square-foot regional business support center in the northeast Indiana city.

Sirva will begin hiring business staff in 2009 following the completion of initial improvements to the Indiana facility.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Sirva up to $2.4 million in incentives based on the company’s job creation and retention plans. The city of Fort Wayne will consider property tax abatement and will provide Sirva with a grant of up to $366,000 over the next three years and up to $634,000 in tax increment financing at the request of the Fort Wayne Allen County Alliance.

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