Timeline Set For Exelis Exit in Fort Wayne

Posted: Updated:
Exelis produces battlefield communications equipment at the Fort Wayne facility, including Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems. Exelis produces battlefield communications equipment at the Fort Wayne facility, including Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems.

A defense industry manufacturer with a long history in northeast Indiana expects to permanently close its facility in Fort Wayne within nine months. Exelis Inc., which was acquired in June by Florida-based Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS), says nearly 360 employees will be affected by the move.

Harris is consolidating functions at the Allen County operation to a Rochester, New York location. Exelis was acquired by Harris in a deal valued at close to $4.75 billion.

Employee separations are scheduled to begin in November and all layoffs are expected to be permanent. In July, a company spokesman told Inside INdiana Business a "significant" number of displaced workers will have an opportunity to relocate to New York. The company has said the consolidation was made for competitive reasons and is not reflective on the Allen County employees.

In a notice to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, company officials say the final closure date is expected to be June 30, 2016.

  • Perspectives

    • We’re Having the Wrong Conversations About Safety

      Every time there’s a shooting at a school or a workplace, the arguments begin. We need more police officers stationed in the buildings. We need to arm teachers or encourage employees to carry handguns. We should invest in smokescreen systems or bulletproof partitions. Everyone should hide from the shooter. Everyone should run from the shooter. Everyone should confront the shooter. It’s healthy that we’re discussing safety, but unfortunately, we’re talking...



  • Most Popular Stories

    • West Lafayette Center Breaks Ground

      West Lafayette city officials this week broke ground on the $31.5 million West Lafayette Wellness and Aquatic Center at Cumberland Park. Plans for the 72,000-square-foot project feature a natatorium, three gymnasiums, exercise machines, free weights and community rooms. 

    • Forbes Ranks Top Colleges; 3 Indiana Schools Make the Cut

      Forbes released its 12th annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges based on direct benefits a university or college provides its students. Several Indiana universities made the list in some “sub-categories”, like Grateful Graduates Index, but the University of Notre Dame was the only school in the state to break the top 20 overall rankings.

    • (courtesy: Frank Logan/Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc.)

      Historic Military Convoy to Cross Indiana

      A sentinel moment of U.S. history is playing out Sunday in South Bend when the recreation of the U.S. Army Transcontinental Military Convoy rolls into town. Approximately 70 historic military vehicles are retracing the original 1919 cross country trip which traveled along the famed Lincoln Highway.

    • Photo courtesy of Crestwood Village

      Justus Rental Properties Details Closures

      Indianapolis-based Justus Rental Properties, Inc. has announced it will be closing its assisted living service line at Crestwood Village West and Crestwood Village East. The company is also is in the process of selling the both communities.

    • (photo courtesy of the Marshall County EDC)

      Wire and Cable Startup to Set Up Shop in Argos

      A startup wire and cable company has announced plans to launch operations in Marshall County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Sequel Wire and Cable LLC will invest $53 million to purchase and equip the 50,000-square-foot Argos Manufacturing Center and create 120 jobs by the end of 2024. The company plans to expand the facility to more than 162,000 square feet and begin operations in early 2020. The $2.7 million Argos Manufacturing Center was built in part with...