General Electric To Remove Sign Atop Campus

Mar 29, 2016

Workers prepare to remove the "R" on the GE sign in downtown Fort Wayne.
Credit Zach Bernard/WBOI News

General Electric announced today that it will be removing its iconic sign from the top of its Broadway campus in Fort Wayne.

The GE campus was shut down in 2015 and is surrounded by fencing and security cameras. But that hasn’t stopped vandals from entering the property and, according to GE, damaging the sign atop the building.

GE Communications Leader Matthew Conkrite says GE will be removing the sign and its support structure for safety reasons and to be more vigilant in preventing intrusions.

“Once people get into the campus it becomes very difficult to find them and arrest them,” Conkrite says. “I actually know of a few cases where that has occurred. So we are working closely with the police and doing a pretty decent job as best as we can at securing the site.”

In a statement Mayor Tom Henry says the City of Fort Wayne appreciates GE for being good stewards of the property. The letters and logo will be removed and stored in one of the buildings onsite.

Future use of the campus is still being determined by the City and GE.