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Wyndham Hotel opens its doors to a full house in Angola

By Mike Marturello mmarturello@kpcmedia.com

May 22, 2019

ANGOLA — Steuben County’s newest hotel, Wingate by Wyndham, opened its doors to a good 200 or so guests Tuesday before opening its doors to its actual guests — bookings of actual hotel guests — who were to arrive later in the day.

It was also the first project to be built in the new Angola Innovation Park, a public-private partnership between the city of Angola; the company Angola First, which is owned by Jim Ingledue, Wayne Klink and Ken Wilson; and Speedway Inc.

The new hotel is actually a new floor plan and exterior design for the Wyndham brand that adds 99 more hotel rooms to Steuben County. The county has about 800 hotel rooms now.

“That is a huge honor for us,” Wilson said, noting that photos from the Angola property will likely be used in promotional materials by Wyndham. “My partners Wayne Klink and Jim Ingledue along with Vince Hansen and the entire Klink Group have been tremendous throughout this project and without their support I would not be here today. We are thankful for our true friendship with the entire community.”

Angola Mayor Dick Hickman said the hotel, standing proudly above Interstate 69, is a shining way to say welcome to Angola.

“This hotel, Wingate by Wyndham, has welcome to the city of Angola written all over it and we’re so proud of that,” Hickman said.

The hotel was built in 10 short months by JICI Inc., Angola, which is headed by Wilson and Ingledue. The property is located at 3081 Enterprise Drive.

“Just to give you some indication, we were operating about 600 man hours a day on this hotel to maintain our schedule,” said Wilson, who thanked the many suppliers and leaders from Wyndham.

The hotel features business and meeting facilities along with multiple room options including suites and oversized guest rooms for maximum comfort for business travelers, visitors of the region and your everyday guest.

With close proximity to Trine University, Pokagon State Park, Glendarin Golf Course and the county’s 101 lakes the hotel will put guests in the perfect location to explore all the region has to offer as well as provide easy access to accommodations for travelers.

Earl Brooks II, president of nearby Trine, said everyone should be very proud of the new hotel, which was something the university was working with city officials on for some 15 years.

He said the facility was a reflection of the hard work, foresight and risk-taking on the part of Angola Growth and the city to help grow the community through development of Innovation Park.

“In order for us to move forward as a community this is a really huge step for us. It is the first of what I hope will be many events of this nature as we move forward,” Brooks said. “This entire complex and this entire property are so important to our community and particularly to Trine University.”

The ribbon cutting came 22 months following groundbreaking for Innovation Park, located on U.S. 20 at I-69’s mile 348 exchange, which is geared toward technical companies. Though Hickman has said there’s been interest in the park, there haven’t been any official announcements by companies planning to build in the park.

It is expected the hotel will be used widely by guests to the university, Ball Sports Academy and Cameron Memorial Community Hospital.

The property is being managed by General Hotels Corp.