More Expansion, Jobs at Heartland Foods

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The company produces store and name-brand liquid water enhancers and zero calorie sweeteners. The company produces store and name-brand liquid water enhancers and zero calorie sweeteners.

Carmel-based Heartland Food Products Group announced Friday it is again expanding its Indianapolis operations. The $26 million expansion is expected to create up to nearly 190 jobs by 2020.

Work on the expansion is expected begin in the first quarter of 2016. The announcement comes just four months after Heartland announced its plans to acquire the Splenda sweetener brand from McNeil Nutritionals LLC.

“Indiana is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the country,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Every day, Hoosiers are making products – from cars and trucks to sweeteners and coffees – that are used around the world. Thanks to our state’s pro-growth economic climate and skilled workforce, companies like Heartland continue to choose Indiana for job creation because we are a state that works for business.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. is offering the company $1.75 million in conditional tax credits and up to $150,000 in training grants. The incentives are performance-based which means Heartland is not eligible to receive them until Hoosier workers are hired.

This is the latest in a number of expansions for the company. Last year, Heartland announced plans to create up to 160  new jobs by the end of 2017 and is now expecting to hit that goal next year. Heartland currently employs 450 workers in Indiana and also has production and distribution operations in the Netherlands.

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