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Oct 08, 2014

Skjodt-Barrett Foods

TORONTO (October 8, 2014) – Governor Mike Pence joined executives from Skjodt-Barrett Foods, a 29-year-old Canadian specialty food manufacturer, in Ontario today to announce the company’s plans to expand its U.S. headquarters in Lebanon, Indiana, creating up to 97 new jobs by 2017.

“Job creation in Indiana is on the rise. From Japan and Germany to the United Kingdom and Canada, companies from around the world are discovering the Hoosier State’s pro-growth business climate is key to their success,” said Pence. “While meeting with Skjodt-Barrett’s leadership today in Toronto, they explained how their growing team continues to thrive here in Indiana, a state that works.”

Skjodt-Barrett, which makes baby food, children’s fruit snacks, smoothies, sauces and marinades as well as caramel and fruit fillings, will invest $43.9 million to install new equipment and technologies at its 55-acre campus in the Lebanon Industrial Park. The expansion will house new high speed, high efficiency operating lines, patent-pending technologies, as well as advanced aseptic manufacturing processes unique to North America.

Skjodt-Barrett Foods Indiana

“Indiana has a very favorable business climate, which includes support for continued employee education and training,” said Mike Brannan, general manager of Skjodt-Barrett’s U.S. operations. “The ability to rely on support from the state of Indiana contributes to Skjodt-Barrett’s ability to invest in cutting-edge technologies and expansion opportunities. All of this coupled with the state’s convenient location within one day’s drive of 80 percent of the U.S. population made the choice to invest in Indiana easy.”