MUNSTER, Ind. — Carl Buddig & Co., a producer of sliced
and packaged lunchmeat, announced plans to relocate its distribution center from
South Holland, Ill., to Munster, creating up to 55 new jobs by
“Illinois companies are on the move — to Indiana,” said
Victor Smith, Indiana secretary of commerce. “From Buddig to recent
announcements from firms like MAC Medical and Tec Air, Illinois companies
continue to discover that our low taxes, limited regulations, growing
infrastructure and skilled workforce make Indiana a state that works for
The Homewood, Ill.-based company will invest $3.7 million to
lease and refurbish the 65,000-square-foot former Dawn Foods facility at 215
45th Ave. in Munster.
The facility, which is expected to begin operations in
March, will enable the company to increase its available warehouse and dock
space, growing capacity for added production lines across the company.
Buddig employs more than 1,000 associates nationally with
its subsidiary Old Wisconsin Sausage.
“Moving into the new Munster facility was an easy decision
for the company,” said Dan Wynn, chief operating officer of Buddig. “Finding a
food grade facility within 10 miles from the plant was a major factor in the
“Also, since the Dawn facility was partially refrigerated,
the company was able to reduce the investment needed to refrigerate the entire
facility. Last, lower real estate tax rates and an overall more affordable cost
of doing business definitely created an attractive financial
Founded in 1937, Buddig is a family-owned and operated
business, now led by the third generation. Recently welcoming its fourth
generation into company operations, Buddig produces vacuum-packed, pre-weighed
portioned packages of lunchmeats including turkey, chicken, ham and beef.
As the fifth-largest selling sliced lunchmeat brand, the
company supplies grocery retailers and food service operators in Indiana, as
well as across the U.S. and Canada.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company
up to $300,000 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 Munster approved additional incentives.