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BAE: Staying in Fort Wayne, looking at new site

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 10:30 am

Amid speculation about an Ohio move, a BAE Systems spokesman said Friday morning the aerospace and defense contractor is definitely staying in Fort Wayne.

Company spokesman Jeff Benzing said BAE has looked at different locations for its electronics division at 2000 Taylor St., but it has settled on a new building in Fort Wayne.

"We're committed to staying in Fort Wayne," he said.

Benzing said he couldn't give details on the new location and jobs related to it . That information will be announced later, he said.

Unnamed sources told The News-Sentinel for a story Thursday that the global company, which employs 1,000 in the city, had discussed the possibility of moving the division to Ohio. Its current location is a World War II-era former General Electric plant still owned by GE.

As reported Thursday, local officials have worked to entice BAE to stay, combining resources into an offer that might be worth $20 million. That money could be used to improve the existing facility or build one, possibly on county-owned land near the new General Mills warehouse on Bluffton Road.