ConAgra Foods , one of North America’s largest packaged foods companies, plans to open a 1.6 million square-foot distribution hub in Frankfort, Indiana, creating approximately 76 new jobs by 2015.
The Omaha, Nebraska, based company will construct and equip its newest distribution center to accommodate its existing distribution center in Lebanon, Indiana, and provide flexibility to accommodate future expansions for business growth. ConAgra Foods currently employs more than 36,000 employees, including approximately 1,150 in Indiana.
“There is a good workforce in the Frankfort area and the location will allow us to address our current and future business needs,” said Bob Masching, Senior Vice President of supply chain for ConAgra Foods. “Selecting Frankfort for our distribution center was made possible through great partnerships between ConAgra Foods and officials from the city, county and state.”
“As a state that works, Indiana is proud to offer companies like ConAgra Foods a low-tax business environment, where they’re free to invest more into their companies and grow our Hoosier economy,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Companies with options far and wide continue to choose Indiana for their new facilities, thanks in part to the strong Hoosier workforce that has the skills to move plans from the drawing board into operation.”
As an incentive, Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods up to $750,000 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 Frankfort and Clinton County approved additional incentives.
“Strong teamwork between area leaders and a local concentration on workforce development led to Frankfort and Clinton County being selected,” said Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes. “Combining a small town feel with big city sophistication, the city of Frankfort is proud to help lead the way in making Indiana a stand-alone champion in job growth and manufacturing.”