Guardian Machine Protection, a spinoff of a local company that provides preventive maintenance service for manufacturing equipment, will hire 170 new workers.

An announcement from Greater Fort Wayne Inc. says the company at 6015 Highview Drive will need mechanical engineering technicians to support growth.

The company will be hiring in upcoming weeks and during the next five years, said Yan Wall, Guardian's founder and chief executive officer.

Wall said Guardian was created out of some of the services provided by Wall Control Services, which started in 2011.

Guardian plans to offer manufacturers a subscription-based, flexible model that allows it to respond to companies “when their maintenance staffs are too busy attending to urgent issues,” Wall said.

The company also offers monthly preventive maintenance plans to keep industrial companies running at top efficiency and maintenance costs down, she said.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has offered Guardian $1 million in tax credits, conditional on the company's hiring plans.

The incentives are performance-based, meaning that until people are hired, the company cannot claim the incentives, according to the IEDC.

The Fort Wayne City Council will consider tax phase-ins for Guardian's eligible real estate and business equipment investments, Wall said, but added that it's too soon to know to what extent or when that will take place.
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