A national pizza chain has announced plans to establish a regional pizza dough production and warehouse facility in Lake County. Domino’s Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) says it will invest more than $50 million to build and equip the 110,000-square-foot facility at the Ameriplex at the Crossroads business park in Merrillville and create up to 140 jobs by the end of 2023.
The company says the new supply chain center will service Domino’s stores throughout Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.
“Domino’s is a global brand that could locate anywhere, and we are happy they are pursuing Merrillville, a true reflection of our friendly business climate” Merrillville Town Council President Rick Bella said in a news release. “The company knows Merrillville is committed to their strategic growth and creating greater opportunities for local and area residents.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Domino’s is the largest pizza company in the world based on retail sales. The company has nearly 18,000 stores and more than 90 markets.
Construction on the facility is expected to begin later this year and be complete by the end of 2022. The company says it expects to begin hiring for full-time warehouse, production, and Class A and Class B CDL driver positions next year.
The IEDC has offered Domino’s up to $2.1 million in conditional tax credits and training grants, which the company will not be eligible to claim until Hoosier workers are hired for the new jobs. The town of Merrillville will consider additional incentives next month.