Food Testing Company Sets Up Shop in Merrillville

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An Illinois-based food quality and food safety testing company has opened a new depot in Merrillville. Northland Laboratories says the location will service portions of northern Indiana, southern Michigan and the Chicagoland area. 

D.J. Alwattar, chief marking and sales officer for Northland parent Matrix Sciences, tells Inside INdiana Business the company has made a "significant" investment in the location, though specific details were not given. The location has opened with five employees, a number Alwattar says will double in the next year.

"We have been increasingly finding the need for local expertise, personalized attention and support for the food industry, particularly in the Northern Indiana and South Michigan geographies," Alwattar said in a news release. "Our commitment to quality and service to this geography not only continues, but it expands with our additional investment."

Northland says the depot location will serve as a central hub for customers to have local sample pick up, drop off, and client support for testing needs, where timing and handling are sensitive.

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