Urschel Labs staying close, moving to Chesterton
By Carole Carlson email@example.com | 648-3154 December 21, 2012 5:16PM
Founded in 1910, Urschel Laboratories is an international leader in the designing, manufacturing, and selling of commercial precision food cutting equipment.
Urschel food processing equipment is used by every major food processor in the U.S. and in more than 100 countries worldwide. Family-owned, the engineering-driven company is known for its precision manufacturing and partnering with food processing companies to deliver the most innovative size reduction solutions.
Source: Urschel Laboratories Inc.
Updated: January 23, 2013 6:08AM
A nationwide search for a new location led Urschel Laboratories Inc. to nearby Chesterton.
The Valparaiso company that designs and makes commercial food cutting equipment announced Friday its new headquarters and manufacturing business will be on a 160-acre site in Coffee Creek Center, off Indiana 149.
A news release stated the family-owned business has signed a purchase agreement for the property and will begin construction of a 350,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the second quarter of 2013. It is expected to be completed in 2015.
“We are pleased that the 300-plus high-paying jobs are staying in Northwest Indiana — and equally as important — in Porter County,” said Bob Urschel, president of the 102-year-old international company.
“Chesterton and Coffee Creek Center are ideally located for our existing employees and the long-term sustainability of the company.”
Urschel employees were prominent in the decision to remain in Porter County.
“Our employees are our greatest asset, and this move ensures we have little or no impact on them or their families,” Urschel said. “I am encouraged that we will continue to manufacture world-class products that are 100 percent made in Northwest Indiana.”
Company officials said the Indiana Economic Development Corp. provided assistance for the new project.
Urschel Vice President Rick Urschel said the company has expanded its Valparaiso plant at 2503 Calumet Ave. 28 times in the past 40 years. “This has created some operational inefficiency,” he said.
Chesterton Town Council President Jeff Trout said the announcement is good news for the county.
“The town of Chesterton is honored to be the chosen location for this world-class company’s new corporate headquarters campus and look forward to working with the Urschel team.”