LEBANON, Ind. — Maplehurst Bakeries LLC, a manufacturer and
seller of frozen bakery products for in-store and food service bakeries,
announced plans to expand its Indiana presence here, creating up to 219 new jobs
The Brownsburg-headquartered company, which is a division of
Canada-based Weston Foods, will invest $77.8 million to renovate and equip a new
180,000-square-foot facility in Lebanon.
The new facility, which is expected to be operational in
March 2015, will house the company’s warehouse, distribution and manufacturing
operations for its cake and cupcake products.
“For growing companies like Maplehurst Bakeries, Indiana’s
workforce, lower expenses and central location provide the perfect recipe for
business success,” said Gov. Mike Pence. “Maplehurst Bakeries’ growth is a win
for Indiana, and we welcome the hundreds of new Hoosier jobs.”
Maplehurst Bakeries, which currently has more than 1,000
employees across the country, including more than 300 full-time employees in
Indiana, plans to begin hiring in the beginning of December.
“This new state-of the-art plant will give Maplehurst
Bakeries the added capacity to better serve our North American customers with a
wider product assortment of cakes,” said Kevin McDonough, president of
Maplehurst Bakeries’ Weston Food’s frozen division.
Founded in 1967, Maplehurst Bakeries produces frozen bakery
products, including doughnuts, pies, cupcakes, cake, rye bread, sweet goods and
gluten-free baked goods. The company operates facilities in Washington, New
Hampshire, New York, Georgia, Illinois and Indiana.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Maplehurst up
to $1,075,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants
based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are
performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible
to claim incentives.
The city of Lebanon will consider additional tax abatement
at the request of the Boone County Economic Development Corp.
“This is a big win for Lebanon,” said Lebanon Mayor Huck