Land O’Frost, Inc., a producer of pre-sliced, pre-packaged lunchmeats and a producer of specialty sausage products, plans to relocate its headquarters from Lansing, IL to Munster, IN, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2014. The company will invest $6.4 million to move its corporate headquarters to a three acre campus; construction on a 25,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to begin next summer and is expected to be completed in 2014.
“Land O’Frost has tremendous future growth potential and today is just the beginning of what we hope will be a productive relationship,” said Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Land O’Frost currently employs 40 professionals at its headquarters and more than 1,100 manufacturing employees at its four production plants located in Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas and Nebraska. The company will begin to transition its headquarters staff to the new Indiana facility after construction is completed.
“Our success over the past 10 years, coupled with our future plans, led us to the conclusion we needed to explore options for a new headquarters facility,” said David VanEekeren, president and chief executive officer of Land O’Frost. “Our new state-of-the art headquarters in Munster will not only provide us with the room to support our continued growth, but it will also allow us to create an environment that fosters stronger employee collaboration. The new headquarters will support our research and development initiatives and helps us continue to attract and retain top talent.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Land O’Frost, Inc. up to $750,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority will support the project through its Deal Closing Fund. Also, the town of Munster offered funds using revenues generated from the issuance of a tax increment financing (TIF) bond.
“Land O’Frost is exactly the type of company that Munster is reaching out to locate in Munster,” said Dave Nellans, president of the Munster Town Council. “They are a well established growing company that will bring professional employees in to the community. Their corporate headquarters will be an important part of our business community. They have a reputation of being outstanding corporate citizens.”