Shindigz moving headquarters to downtown Fort Wayne
Shindigz, one of the country’s largest and most innovative party-supply companies, is bringing the party to downtown Fort Wayne.
The company announced today its purchase of Harrison Place, a five-story, 33,000-square-foot historic building at the southeast corner of Wayne and Harrison streets in downtown Fort Wayne. The company also announced plans to begin remodeling the fourth floor of the building later this year in anticipation of relocating its entire professional and administrative staff to the building, which will be renamed and rebranded as Shindigz Place, in early 2019.
“We’re incredibly excited about this announcement and about the opportunities it creates for our company and our employees moving forward,” said Shep Moyle, chairman and co-owner of Shindigz. “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.”
“We’ve been committed to northeast Indiana for more than 90 years,” added Moyle, “and this announcement solidifies and strengthens that commitment moving forward. We’re excited to bring the party to downtown Fort Wayne.”
The purchase of Harrison Place and relocation announcement is the culmination of a lengthy, comprehensive review process in which Shindigz officials also considered several other markets in other parts of the country. The move will bring 40 to 50 professional jobs to downtown Fort Wayne initially, growing to an expected 60 to 70 jobs over the next couple of years.
“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,” explained Dan Haight, CEO of Shindigz. “As a design and technology company first and foremost, 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 engaging with the area university system on strategic partnerships and other programs to create ongoing opportunities for students and recent graduates to work at the company and ideally lay the groundwork for a long-term career.
“We’ve been impressed by how our local and regional university leaders have stepped forward, collectively, to work with us,” said Wendy Moyle, vice chair and co-owner of Shindigz. “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.”
Shindigz will maintain its manufacturing and fulfillment operations in South Whitley and expects to invest in facility and operational upgrades beginning in 2019. The company also expects to unveil new signage and branding for its location in downtown Fort Wayne in September and begin buildout of its future corporate operations there in late fall / early winter.