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Buddig Expanding Operations into Munster

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November 25, 2013 – Another sliced and packaged lunchmeat company says it’s moving some operations to Munster.

Carl Buddig & Company announced plans today to relocate its distribution center from South Holland, Illinois to Munster, Indiana, creating up to 55 new jobs by 2016.

The Homewood, Illinois-based company plans to invest $3.7-million to lease and refurbish the 65,000 square-foot former Dawn Foods facility at 215 45th Avenue to begin operations in March.  Buddig says the move will enable the company to increase its available warehouse and dock space, growing capacity for added production lines across the company.

Buddig says it employs more than 1,000 associates nationally with its subsidiary Old Wisconsin Sausage.

Buddig Chief Operating Officer Dan Wynn says, “Moving into the new Munster facility was an easy decision for the company.  Finding a food-grade facility within 10 miles from the plant was a major factor in the decision.  Also, since the Dawn facility was partially refrigerated, the company was able to reduce the investment needed to refrigerate the entire facility.  Last, lower real estate tax rates and an overall more affordable cost of doing business definitely created an attractive financial proposition.”

Buddig is a family-owned and operated business, started in 1937.  Buddig produces vacuum packed, pre-weighed portioned packages of lunchmeats including turkey, chicken, ham and beef. It says that as the fifth largest selling sliced lunchmeat brand, it supplies grocery retailers and food service operators in Indiana, as well as across the United States and Canada.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Carl Buddig and Company up to $300,000 in conditional tax credits 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 Munster approved additional incentives.

Munster Town Council President Joseph Simonetto says, “We are always proud to announce when another company decides to relocate to the town of Munster.  When it is a renowned and family-owned company like Buddig that announces they would like to open logistical operations in the town of Munster, we are ecstatic.  The investment dollars and the jobs this company brings are wonderful for our community.”

Illinois companies continue to relocate their operations to low-taxed Indiana.  Just last month, Illinois-based MAC Medical and Tec Air announced plans to move operations east of the Illinois-Indiana border to Munster, creating a combined nearly 300 new Hoosier jobs and more than $16-million in capital investment.  Also last month lunchmeats company Land O’ Frost broke ground for its new headquarters to move to Munster from Lansing.

“Illinois companies are on the move–to Indiana,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce.  “From Buddig to recent announcements from firms like MAC Medical and Tec Air, Illinois companies continue to discover that our low taxes, limited regulations, growing infrastructure and skilled workforce make Indiana a state that works for business.  Welcome to Indiana, Buddig, and may you enjoy many years of growth and job creation here in the Hoosier State.”


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