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<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Office of the Mayor <br /> <br />NEWS RELEASE <br />February 25, 2009 <br />9 a.m. <br /> <br />Fortis Plastics selects South Bend for corporate center <br /> <br />Contact: <br />Mikki Dobski, Director of Communications & Special Projects, 235-5855 or 876-1564 <br />or Don Inks, Director of Economic Development, or Robert Mathia, Assistant Director of <br /> <br />Economic Development, 235-9371 <br /> <br /> <br />Mayor Stephen J. Luecke today welcomed the designation by Fortis Plastics LLC of <br />South Bend as a corporate center, a move that will bring as many as 184 new <br />manufacturing and corporate-management jobs to the city by 2013. <br /> <br />The extruder of plastic components used in a variety of industrial and consumer <br />applications already has consolidated the operations of two Elkhart plants into a facility <br />near the airport at 3615 Voorde Drive. But today the company announced that its <br />corporate management functions will be focused in South Bend with select corporate <br />activities continuing in Henderson, Ky. <br /> <br />“After considering a number of locations and strategic plans, we believe that this <br />arrangement will best position Fortis to continue growing and allow us to reach its <br />potential for continued success,” said Joe Mallak, chief executive officer of Fortis <br />Plastics LLC. “We appreciate the support and assistance of the various state and local <br />governments we met with throughout this process, including Mayor Stephen Luecke and <br />his team in South Bend. We look forward to continuing to work together in the best <br />interest of Fortis, our employees and the South Bend community.” <br /> <br />The company is undertaking a renovation of the 92,249-square-foot facility in South <br />Bend, installing docks; upgrading electrical, heating and ventilation systems; and <br />remodeling the front office. It also is purchasing new equipment for the facility that is <br />estimated to cost $2,220,000. <br /> <br />“We welcome this decision by the leadership of Fortis Plastics and are excited about the <br />great investment they already are making in our community,” Mayor Luecke said. “South <br /> <br />