Griffith produce company foreclosed on
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org January 23, 2013 5:32PM
Updated: February 25, 2013 12:55PM
Long-time Northwest Indiana business Bakker Produce appears to be out of business after employees were told they were laid off Friday and a lender announced it was foreclosing on the company.
A person with the company, headquartered at 211 W. Main St., Griffith, said last week that they still weren’t sure if they would close, but an employee said he and others were laid off Friday in what looked like Bakker’s last day.
The news comes after several other companies sued Bakker in the U.S. District Court for more than $166,000 in unpaid bills. SummitBridge Credit Investments filed as an intervenor in that case on Wednesday, saying that the lending company had just filed a foreclosure suit against the company in Lake County courts for $1.6 million owed.
Bakker Produce has provided wholesale produce to companies in Indiana and Illinois for the past 60 years. The company started in Highland in the 1940s before moving to Griffith.