Online retailer Sweetwater plans 1,009 jobs in $76M Indiana expansion

Online music instrument and audio gear retailer Sweetwater Sound Inc. plans to add 1,009 jobs in Indiana by the end of 2022 with an expansion of its 163-acre corporate campus outside Fort Wayne.

Sweetwater said Tuesday the $76.4 million expansion project will include construction of a 350,000-square-foot warehouse and a 35,000-square-foot conference center.

It said the new jobs will include logistics, marketing, merchandising, IT and administrative positions that will pay $54,000 per year on average.

Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack said the new warehouse will accommodate the company's recent growth. It currently employs more than 1,300, up from fewer than 500 in 2012.

Gov. Eric Holcomb attended the project's groundbreaking. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is offering Sweetwater up to $8.8 million in tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants for the expansion.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Sweetwater up to $8.8 million in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job-creation plans. The incentives hinge on the company's ability to meet hiring goals.

Sweetwater, founded in 1979, is America's top online retailer of music instruments and audio gear, selling to musicians, recording studios, broadcasters, educators and houses of worship nationwide.

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