FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- There had been speculation that the defense contract was shopping around for a new location, possible in Van Wert or Paulding counties in northwest Ohio, but 21Alive has been told that a deal has been reached with Allen County officials to retain the jobs.
No word yet on what was included in the deal to keep the jobs in Allen County.
Previous Report: Sept. 19
A major Fort Wayne employer is reportedly shopping around to see if other locales can provide incentives to locate there.
About 1,000 mostly high-paying jobs could be at stake, and obviously, the city of Fort Wayne wants BAE Systems to stay put.
Its facility on Taylor Street makes electrical parts for aircraft including some military planes like the F-22 Raptor.
But published reports say BAE is eyeing sites in Van Wert or Paulding, Ohio.
Mayor Tom Henry says a site to build in Allen County is also on the table, and says his administration is negotiating a financial package with the company to remain in the Summit City, but would not provide details.
“We've been in constant communications with them. It's not an adversarial position at all. They're just looking at their future and just trying to decide what's best for them and that's understandable,” Mayor Henry says.
The president of the local union says if the facility moves, he fully expects the jobs to remain secure.
“Our business is staying intact. Our facility may be in question, where the location is or whether we're staying or going. However, our contract and our business is intact,” says Brent Eastom, president of Local 901.
No one could tell us a time frame for an announcement, the mayor of Van Wert said we could quote him as saying "no comment" about the whole thing.
We are told we will hear from the company when a decision is made.
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