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Your Story Made Here: Fort Wayne Metals

December 2nd, 2014

News Coverage:

Your Story Made Here: Fort Wayne Metals

By Melissa Long- 21Alive
By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

December 3, 2014 Updated Dec 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM EST

When you hear about a company called Ft. Wayne Metals, you might envision a big manufacturing facility with sheet metal and big furnaces and that kind of thing. And you would be wrong. Fort Wayne Metals is a manufacturing facility alright….but it makes things that doctor’s put in the human body. And they just happen to be made out of wires, cables and composites.

Scott Glaze now runs the company his father, Ardell started in 1946 in a small home, sold and rebuilt in 1971,

Scott Glaze says: “He always had a love of medicine and so when he started the new company, he wanted to focus on the medical device market so our primary thrust for the last 40 plus years is to make wire for the medical device market which includes orthopedics, orthodontics, pacing leads, defibrillating leads, wires for neurostimulation in the body, wires for catheterization, just about anything you use with wire in the body…we do.”

Hilge Hinniger, who is the Marketing Director says: “ Really all we do is we make wires. And we run it through dies and we make it longer and thinner and of course when we are done we have to make sure that the it does what our customers want it to do. If they need high fatigue strength, we have to make sure that the wire can flex a few million times without breaking. The overriding philosophy is that we save lives. We make materials that end up in the human body or at least the majority of them do. Just about everything we do will impact human lives so we are very careful about what we do.”

The multi-building campus off Ardmore Rd. is where most of the 750 employees work and the company is completing a 32 thousand square foot expansion. The people who work here have a variety of backgrounds.

Dan Brockman says: “ I think we have a pretty diverse range of employees, wether it comes from retail, straight out of high school, other manufacturing facilities. I think we like to consider that we hire the best people possible so they go through some testing to get in the door but we feel that everybody’s capable so we hire the best.
The employees then go through a comprehensive training course.

Dan says: “ So we have the wire institute. We have wire 101, wire 141, wire 161 so you can kind of control your career path here so you can learn as little or as much as you want about what we do here and the materials we provide.

Scott Glaze says: “ It helps to have an attention to detail, to worry about the quality of what you are making when you think about a family member using the products you’re making at some point so it’s a heavy responsibility but I think our people really respond to it."

Innovation that improves and saves lives is what Ft. Wayne Metals is all about. It’s a legacy that began more than 60 years ago.

Scott Glaze says: I think he would be proud of what we do. It’s really a testament to the things that he taught us, Just the standards that he set decades ago that we’ve been able to realize the success that we have. 

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