German Food Producer Grows North American Operations in Marshall County
PLYMOUTH, Ind. -- Zentis Food Solutions North America, LLC, a global producer of fruit preparations for the bakery and dairy industries, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 67 new jobs by 2014.
The company, a subsidiary of Germany-based confectioner Zentis GmbH, will invest $15.6 million to expand its production capabilities to include a new allergen production line, bulk sugar handling system and mixing vessels. As part of the project, the company will also make building renovations at its 180,000 square-foot facility in Plymouth.
Zentis, which currently has more than 250 full-time employees in Indiana, has already begun hiring additional manufacturing, logistics and management associates.
"Our industry has seen tremendous growth over the years with demand for our products increasing exponentially," said Norbert Weichele, chief executive officer of Zentis. "With low-labor costs and its key location, Indiana was the best choice for us to grow our operations."
Established in Plymouth in 2006 as the company's solitary North American operation, Zentis currently produces more than 10 million pounds of filling and preparation products monthly. The century-old parent company operates additional production facilities in Poland and Hungary and sales offices in Russia and China.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Zentis Food Solutions North America, LLC up to $450,000 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 Plymouth approved additional property tax abatement at the request of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation.
Zentis is a privately held company founded by Franz Zentis in 1896 in Aachen Germany. Today, Zentis continues to be headquartered in Aachen and has grown to a global corporation with facilities in Hungary, Poland, Russia, China and North American. Zentis is Europe's number one fruit processing company and one of the leading brand manufacturers of jams, sweets and custard-based dessert. With 1,500 employees, Zentis achieves annual sales of over 800 million dollars. The company's first North American operation is located in Plymouth, Ind., where it produces fruit and dairy preparations for a variety of customers including yogurt, ice cream and bakery manufacturers.