A global relocation and moving services provider based in Fort Wayne will be moving from its current location on US 30 to downtown.
SIRVA Inc. has been located just off of US 30 on Kroemer Road for four decades, and CEO Andrew Coolidge says their staff, currently 400 employees, has outgrown their facility.
In the next several months SIRVA will be moving its operation to downtown Fort Wayne, occupying six floors of the Indiana Michigan Power building.
Coolidge says moving downtown was the best business decision for his company.
“As I looked at the age of that building and potentially making an investment in renovating, you have to renovate all 180 to 300,000 square feet, which didn’t make fiscal sense for us,” said Coolidge.
Bill Bean owns the I&M building. He renegotiated leases with I&M and Chase in late 2016 to ensure their presence downtown, and SIRVA’s move to Fort Wayne’s tallest building fell into place far more quickly than expected.
“The most recent announcement here with SIRVA puts us about five years ahead of my original plan, so I’m just tickled to death,” said Bean. “I think it reflects what you’re seeing in the city and once you reach that tipping point, things take on a life of their own.”
Mayor Tom Henry was also in attendance. He says SIRVA’s move will give the I&M building more life, and help attract other businesses and new restaurants to the area.
SIRVA hopes to be fully operational downtown by October.