MCP USA locating North American headquarters in NW Indiana
MCP USA, a manufacturer of ready-made meal trays, announced plans to locate its North American headquarters in Northwest Indiana, creating up to 60 new jobs by 2019. The company, which is a subsidiary of Israel-based Plazit Industries Group and Kibbutz Hamaapil, will invest $11.38 million to lease and equip a 91,000-square-foot facility at 6750 Daniel Burnham Drive in Portage. With its new Indiana operations slated to launch in summer 2018, the company will produce its heat- and cold-resistant plastic meal trays for customers in the retail, airline, institutional and bakery markets across North and South America. MCP, which currently employs 150 people at its Israel facilities, plans to begin hiring for various positions later this year, including machine operators and machine technicians, as well as logistics, maintenance, quality assurance, marketing and finance professionals. These positions are expected to pay an average wage above the Porter County average wage. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will offer MCP USA Inc. up to $600,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $100,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Portage approved additional incentives.
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