The president of Creative Works in Mooresville says the recovery from the pandemic has boosted his company’s business. Creative Works designs, manufactures and installs themes, props and attractions for the amusement industry around the globe and in February, said it would invest $7 million to relocate its headquarters to the southwest side of Indianapolis. The relocation is expected to bring more than 70 jobs to Indy and create up to 30 more by the end of the year.
Armando Lanuti discussed the company’s growth in an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
“Our industry was always fun. We were growing prior to the pandemic,” Lanuti said. “The pandemic obviously shut things down for our industry; you couldn’t go out and socialize. But, what we found and what our clients have found is as they’ve come back, people wanted to get out and celebrate again. They wanted to escape. Human nature didn’t change and people, I think, just put a higher value on that leisure time because it was taken away from them.”
Lanuti says business has come back strong and he believes Creative Works will more than double in size over the next 2-3 years.
Creative Works started in 1997 providing laser tag attractions. The company has since expanded to creating escape rooms, miniature golf courses, virtual reality installations, and esports setups for family entertainment centers, sports complexes, casinos and cruise ships, among others.
“We have a group that just got back from both Ireland and the Netherlands installing attractions over there,” Lanuti said. “We have the designers, the engineers, the fabricators…just a wide array of talent, amazing artists.”
The company’s new, 69,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Park Fletcher industrial complex. Creative Works plans to fill a variety of positions, including customer success, tech support, tech integration, marketing, carpentry, mural painting and traveling installation.
Creative Works is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.