Land O’Frost HQ move to shift 50 jobs to Indiana from Illinois
By Matt Mikus firstname.lastname@example.org October 2, 2013 4:42PM
Helping out at Wednesday's groundbreaking are (from left) Munster town president Joseph Simonetto, Land O' Frost Chairwoman Donna VanEekeren, Gov. Mike Pence and Land O' Frost CEO David VanEekeren. | Matt Mikus/Post-Tribune
Updated: October 3, 2013 5:39PM
MUNSTER — Gov. Mike Pence and Munster Town President Joseph Simonetto welcomed the employees of Land O’Frost to the site of their future corporate headquarters Wednesday.
Land O’Frost celebrated its ground-breaking at their new location at 630 Hagburg Drive, relocating from its longtime location about six miles away across the state line in Lansing, Ill.
The new 27,000-square-foot facility will move 50 jobs from Illinois into Northwest Indiana. The facility is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.
CEO David VanEekeren said the new facility will be designed for growth. The location will also house a pilot plant and high-tech test kitchen for developing recipes.
“We are creating a space that encourages collaboration, supports research and development and will help us attract and retain the best talent in our industry,” said VanEekeren. “We are confident this new facility will serve as a platform for sustained growth and help us continue to provide innovative meat products to the marketplace for years to come.”
The new facility is also seeking LEED certification with natural lighting, green roof, and design to reduce storm water runoff.
The company is the second-largest producer of pre-sliced, pre-packaged lunch meats, and has more than 1,100 manufacturing employees at production plants in Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas and Nebraska.
Pence welcomed the company to the state, and touted the balanced state budget and recent tax deductions as selling points in attracting business to the state.
“We believe that the part of our strategy for growing Indiana is not just growing jobs in the Hoosier state,” Pence said, “but locating companies and locating headquarters in the Hoosier state. It’s just one more vote of confidence in the state of Indiana.”
Pence said more than 24 Illinois companies have announced moving a part or all of their business operation across the border since 2010, bringing more than 3,000 jobs and $378 million in investment.