Quality Pasta Company, a producer of pasta dinners and side dishes, plans to locate new operations in Merrillville, Indiana. The project is expected to create up to 70 jobs by the end of 2024.
The company will invest $13.3 million to lease and upgrade an 89,540-square-foot space, equipping it with state-of-the-art, high-speed packaging lines. The Merrillville location, which will be the company's second production facility in the U.S. and first in Indiana, is expected to be fully operational by fall 2021.
“We are proud to embark on this expansion to bring new capacity to the market and especially proud to do this after more than a year operating in a pandemic," said Paul A. DeStefano, president of Quality Pasta Company. "The demand for our products and services remains strong, and we will continue to meet the needs of our customers with the highest quality, most innovative products available. The new plant and team in Merrillville will be a great compliment to our Charleroi, Pennsylvania, facility and team to help deliver more great products to the market.”
As an incentive, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Quality Pasta Company LLC up to $525,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim >incentives once Hoosiers are hired. The town of Merrillville also approved incentives.
"As a state, we’re working hard to maintain a pro-growth business climate that supports new investment and attracts companies like Quality Pasta Company from across the country and around the world," said Interim Secretary of Commerce Jim Staton. "We're excited for what the company has in store for Lake County and look forward to supporting their growth in the Hoosier state for years to come."
Founded in 2013, Pennsylvania-based Quality Pasta Company produces a variety of pasta and side dish products, from traditional macaroni and cheese to creamy rice sides. Quality Pasta Company is most well known for its proprietary high-protein macaroni and cheese brand Muscle Mac.