A design company previously based in Mooresville has cut the ribbon on its new headquarters in Indianapolis. Creative Works designs, manufactures and installs themes, props and attractions for the amusement industry. The company invested $7 million to relocate to the 69,000-square-foot facility, bringing 90 jobs to Indy with plans to add another 50 over the next two years.
Owner Kimberly Schilling says it’s surreal to see the new facility at the Park Fletcher industrial complex on the city’s southwest side.
“It’s an amazing way to celebrate how we’ve innovated and changed and grown as a business, and I know that’s only going to expand our capacity for the future,” said Schilling. “I think the move into Indianapolis is truly a win-win. I know we’re going to get a lot more opportunities for talent, and we’ll also be able to hopefully make an impact on the community, too.”
Creative Works makes attractions such as laser tag arenas, escape rooms, miniature golf courses, virtual reality installations and esports for family entertainment centers, sports complexes, casinos and cruise ships, among others.
The company also designs custom themes and signage for a variety of businesses, including restaurants, bars and museums.
President Armando Lanuti says he expects Creative Works to grow by “leaps and bounds” over the next few years.
The company is looking to hire for a variety of positions, including customer success, tech support, tech integration, marketing, carpentry, mural painting and traveling installation.
“We’ve worked really hard to create a culture here at Creative Works,” said Lanuti. “It’s one of those things where we have trades that come here to build, create and sculpt on a level that they can’t do anywhere else.”
Lanuti says the company’s global presence will also provide an economic boost for Indiana. Creative Works produces items for distribution throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
“About 95% of our work is actually outside of Indiana and allow us to bring those economic dollars here to the state,” he said.
Creative Works is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.