Zentis Grows North American Operations in Marshall County
PLYMOUTH, Ind. (May 7, 2012) - Zentis Food Solutions North America,
LLC, a global producer of fruit preparations for the bakery and dairy
industries, announced plans today to expand its operations here,
creating up to 67 new jobs by 2014.
The company, a subsidiary of
Germany-based confectioner Zentis GmbH, will invest $15.6 million to
expand its production capabilities to include a new allergen production
line, bulk sugar handling system and mixing vessels. As part of the
project, the company will also make building renovations at its 180,000
square-foot facility in Plymouth.
"Companies like Zentis are
finding that when it comes to growing your business, there is no better
place in the world than Indiana," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "As a
center for the manufacturing industry, we are proud to see Zentis
continue to invest in our state and bring more jobs to Hoosiers."
which currently has more than 250 full-time employees in Indiana, has
already begun hiring additional manufacturing, logistics and management
"Our industry has seen tremendous growth over the
years with demand for our products increasing exponentially," said
Norbert Weichele, chief executive officer of Zentis. "With low-labor
costs and its key location, Indiana was the best choice for us to grow
Established in Plymouth in 2006 as the
company's solitary North American operation, Zentis currently produces
more than 10 million pounds of filling and preparation products monthly.
The century-old parent company operates additional production
facilities in Poland and Hungary and sales offices in Russia and China.
Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Zentis Food Solutions
North America, LLC up to $450,000 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 Plymouth approved additional
property tax abatement at the request of the Marshall County Economic
"Plymouth is pleased to support the
continued growth of Zentis, a family-owned, major multinational
corporation that promotes excellence in modern food manufacturing,
research and development," said Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter. "We are
particularly glad to see the high-caliber research and development
positions created as a result of this expansion. Zentis is appreciated
in Plymouth as a major employer and corporate citizen."
expansion of Zentis in Plymouth is the latest in a string of jobs
announcements in northern Indiana's manufacturing industry. Just two
weeks ago, Selected Furniture, a manufacturer of commercial furniture,
announced plans to relocate its operations from Chicago, Ill. to Starke
County, creating up to 100 new jobs by 2014.
is a privately held company founded by Franz Zentis in 1896 in Aachen
Germany. Today, Zentis continues to be headquartered in Aachen and has
grown to a global corporation with facilities in Hungary, Poland,
Russia, China and North American. Zentis is Europe's number one fruit
processing company and one of the leading brand manufacturers of jams,
sweets and custard-based dessert. With 1,500 employees, Zentis achieves
annual sales of over 800 million dollars. The company's first North
American operation is located in Plymouth, Ind., where it produces fruit
and dairy preparations for a variety of customers including yogurt, ice
cream and bakery manufacturers.
Source: Indiana Economic Development Corporation