Shindigz joining the corporate HQ party in downtown Fort Wayne
Shindigz, one of the country’s largest party-supply companies, is joining the economic growth party in downtown Fort Wayne by moving its corporate headquarters there.
The company announced today it has purchased the historic Harrison Place building, a five-story structure at the southeast corner of Wayne and Harrison streets, a news release said.
The company plans to remodel the fourth floor of the building starting in late fall or early winter for the planned move of its entire professional and administrative staff there in early 2019, the news release said.
The building also will be renamed Shindigz Place, with new signage and branding expected to be unveiled in September, the news release said.
Moving its corporate offices to downtown Fort Wayne initially will bring 40-50 professional jobs to the city center, and that number is expected to grow to 60-70 jobs in the next few years, the news release said.
The existing Harrison Place tenants will remain in place for the foreseeable future – including The Find on the first floor, Kevin Erb, who helped with publicity for the announcement, said via email. Shindigz officials still are working through a long-term leasing/occupancy strategy for all of the building’s floors, Erb said.
Shindigz will maintain its manufacturing and order fulfillment operations in South Whitley and expects to invest in facility and operational upgrades there beginning in 2019, the announcement said.
Other companies that have picked downtown Fort Wayne for their corporate headquarters location include Ash Brokerage, which is located there now, and Ruoff Home Mortgage, which has announced plans to build its new corporate offices downtown.
Founded in 1926, Shindigz is one of America’s leading online and catalog retailers of party supplies, decorations and favors, with more than 23,000 unique items for sale, the news release said. The items include everything from banners, background materials and balloons to party props, favors and gifts, costumes and cake supplies, it said on the company’s website.
Shindigz ships goods nationwide and to more than 50 foreign countries, the news release said.
The company currently has more than 300 employees and operates more than 200,000 square feet of manufacturing and order fulfillment space in South Whitley, about 25 miles west of Fort Wayne in Whitley County.
Shindigz officials considered several other cities around the country and conducted a detailed and lengthy review process before selecting Fort Wayne, the announcement said.
“We’re incredibly excited about this announcement and about the opportunities it creates for our company and our employees moving forward,” Shep Moyle, chairman and co-owner of Shindigz, said in the announcement.
“We are also incredibly thankful to state, regional and local leaders for their support and partnership, including Indiana’s Economic Development Corporation, the City of Fort Wayne, Greater Fort Wayne Inc. and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership,” Moyle said.
“We’ve been committed to northeast Indiana for more than 90 years,” he noted, “and this announcement solidifies and strengthens that commitment moving forward. We’re excited to bring the party to downtown Fort Wayne.”
“We believe in the momentum and growth taking place in downtown Fort Wayne and in its ability to positively impact our growth goals and talent needs,” Dan Haight, CEO of Shindigz, said in the announcement.
“As a design and technology company first and foremost,” Haight added, “we’ve worked hard to make Shindigz a premier career destination, and our relocation to downtown Fort Wayne will only strengthen and enhance that appeal to young professionals looking at Fort Wayne as a place where they can build their career.”
Company leaders have already begun working with area universities on programs to create opportunities for students and recent graduates to work at the company and build a long-term career, the news release said.
“We’ve been impressed by how our local and regional university leaders have stepped forward, collectively, to work with us,” Wendy Moyle, vice chair and co-owner of Shindigz, said in the announcement. “We have a need to hire talented people now across a number of creative, technological and digital positions throughout the company, so we’re excited about these collaborations with our area’s outstanding universities and their students.”
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