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Carroll County company announces expansion plans
Indiana Packers Corp. to add 91 new jobs in Delphi
Tokyo, Japan – September 15, 2015 – Carroll County Economic Development Corp. joined Gov. Mike Pence, Indiana Packers Corp. President and COO Russ Yearwood, and executives from Mitsubishi Corp. to announce expansion plans at Mitsubishi Corp. headquarters in Tokyo.
Indiana Packers Corp., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., is planning to add 91 new jobs and invest $40.6 million to increase its bacon production. Indiana Packers Corp. bacon retails under the award-winning Indiana Kitchen label.
Strong local and state resources for economic development and proximity to customers were two of the deciding factors in choosing Carroll County for this expansion, according to Indiana Packers Corp. President and COO Russ Yearwood.
“We applaud the State of Indiana’s leadership for being a strong advocate for agriculture in this country,” Yearwood said. “We also thank the City of Delphi, Carroll County and the State of Indiana for their continued support as we invest in our future.”
The expansion news was met with praise and appreciation from local officials, including Delphi Mayor Randy Strasser.
“Today’s announcement took months of planning, but the work is far from over,” Strasser said. “The City of Delphi is committed to providing Indiana Packers Corp. with the infrastructure necessary for continued growth.”
Carroll County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Laura Walls traveled to Tokyo for today’s announcement. “This took a team effort. Indiana Packers Corp. is a strong, global enterprise that is choosing to grow in Carroll County because of the leadership of our elected officials. The partnership between Carroll County, City of Delphi, Carroll County Redevelopment Commission and Authority, State of Indiana, and the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. has cultivated an agriculture-friendly, pro economic development environment,” Walls said.
Larry Trapp, a pork producer and member of the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission since its creation in 1991, celebrated the expansion announcement. “Indiana Packers Corp. is a vital partner to Carroll County and a great example of corporate citizenship. Just last month, I had the honor of cooking Indiana Kitchen bacon provided to the Carroll County Ag Association to sell at Indiana Bacon Fest. It was a tremendous and tasty success,” Trapp said.
Indiana Packers Corp. sources hogs from 99 Carroll County agribusinesses and from another several hundred agribusinesses throughout Indiana and the Midwest. The company also employs more than 2,100, nearly five times what it predicted at its groundbreaking in 1991. Pork from Delphi, Ind., now ships to 30 different countries around the globe.
About Carroll County Economic Development Corp. A nonprofit corporation, the Carroll County Economic Development Corp. is a proactive leader in a unified pursuit to provide a dynamic and prosperous economy for citizens and employers of Carroll County. Its offices are at 119 W. Franklin St., Delphi, Ind.
Board members are Joe Mayfield, President; George Mears, Vice-President; Bill Jones, Secretary; Joe Moss, Treasurer; Miriam Robeson, Counsel; Milt Rodgers, Immediate Past President; Pat Clawson, Pete Wagoner, Bob Overman, Julia Leahy, Mike Eldridge, Andy Zinn, Bret Rinehart, Bonnie Maxwell, Dick Traeger.