FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - An early-stage green tech company is expanding from Fort Worth, Texas to Fort Wayne, bringing up to 100 new jobs and investing up to $4.2 million in the community.
Sortera Alloys, a company that uses artificial intelligence to sort and recycle vehicles on a commercial scale, is putting a manufacturing center on the east side of Fort Wayne next year.
The company recovers aluminum, copper, zinc, brass and other precious metals that can be converted into new products.
Sortera has plans to partner with other northeast Indiana metal processing companies to aid their Fort Wayne facility, which will be a 40,000-square-foot space at 909 N. Coliseum Boulevard.
Officials are expecting to have the plant up and running by March 2021.
Company leaders want to hire software engineers, electrical engineers,
mechanical engineers, technicians, and other workers. Interested applicants can learn more by emailing email@example.com.
"This new facility will be the place we take our technology to the next level," said Dr. Nalin Kumar, founder, CEO, and president of Sortera. "We believe we can make a global impact, and we're happy to take this important step in Fort Wayne."
Company officials project to produce 100 million pounds of recycled materials per year.
The IEDC offered Sortera up to $1 million in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.
The business currently employs 15 people in Texas and six in Indiana.
“Indiana continues to lead the way in advanced manufacturing as companies like Sortera choose to locate and innovate in our state," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.
"With our skilled and robust manufacturing workforce that employs one in five Hoosiers, Indiana is a great place for cutting-edge innovators to establish and grow."
Northeast Indiana Works will provide additional hiring and training assistance.