Aptera Software Inc., a software development and web design firm based in Fort Wayne, will create up to 17 new jobs by 2016 as it expands its operations.
Aptera will invest $785,000 to renovate and equip its current 13,500-square-foot building at 201 W. Main Street in Fort Wayne. The renovations, which are expected to be completed by January, will allow the company to accommodate additional employees and streamline work processes, according to an announcement from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
Aptera, which currently has more than 70 employees, has already begun to hire software developers, network engineers and graphic designers, as well as expand its marketing and sales teams. As part of the project, Aptera plans to train and equip its new and current employees. Interested applicants can visit www.apterainc.com for more details.
"Both my business partner and I are from Fort Wayne and bringing high-tech jobs to the area is a very rewarding feeling," said T.K. Herman, president of Aptera, in announcing the expansion. "Many people have the misconception you have to travel to Chicago or Cincinnati or Atlanta to find talented high-tech talent. We believe the talent exists right here in Indiana and what isn't available locally, we'll bring to the area."
Founded in 2003, Aptera provides software development services, web marketing solutions and core infrastructure consulting to companies throughout the Midwest and across the United States. The company, which has an additional office in Nashville, Tenn., implements, integrates and supports Microsoft products.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Aptera Software, Inc. up to $150,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Fort Wayne supports this project at the request of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance.