BROWNSBURG, IND. — Weston Foods, a North American producer and marketer of baked foods, said it will invest $1.6 million to renovate its 20,000-square-foot Maplehurst Bakeries production facility in Brownsburg to accommodate its new U.S. headquarters operations.
Weston Foods said its new U.S. headquarters will complement its global headquarters in Toronto, improve communication between its subsidiaries across the country and provide a centralized location for its U.S leadership when facility upgrades are complete in September. With construction currently under way, renovations at the Brownsburg facility will provide an open-concept office space and make updates to the entire facility, including a new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, meeting spaces and a modernized research and development center, the company said.
“When searching for the ideal place to locate our new U.S. headquarters, Weston Foods considered locations where our company currently runs its bakeries across the country,” said Kevin McDonough, president of Weston Foods North America Frozen. “We chose Indiana for our headquarters because this state’s business climate is ideal for growing and creating new jobs. With the state’s central U.S. location, being based in Indiana allows us to easily oversee our operations across the country.”
Founded in 1882, Weston Foods produces fresh and frozen baked foods through its subsidiaries Maplehurst Bakeries, Interbake Foods, Norse Dairy Systems and ACE Bakery in the United States. The company operates 16 facilities across 13 states that produce donuts, cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, crackers, cones, ice cream novelty products and artisan bread. The company’s products are sold at North American grocery retailers, supermarket chains and food service outlets.
Weston Foods’ Brownsburg facility features seven donut production lines serving in-store bakeries and food service distributors. The company also is in the process of expanding its Maplehurst Bakeries facility in Lebanon, Ind., where it runs three cake production lines and is on track to meet its goal of creating 219 jobs at the facility by the end of 2017.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered Maplehurt Bakeries, L.L.C. up to $220,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The town of Brownsburg is proposing to offer performance-based tax incentives that will save the company an estimated $104,000 over a five-year period.“The town is thrilled to see Weston Foods establishing its headquarters in Brownsburg and creating new jobs here,” said Grant Kleinhenz, Brownsburg town manager. “Maplehurst has long been one of our community’s biggest employers, and its parent company’s investment here has a major impact on our economy and quality of life.”