Beverage Maker Plans $103M Indiana Plant With 100 Jobs

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A California-based company plans to build a $103 million plant in southern Indiana that will produce dairy and plant-based beverages and create more than 100 jobs.

Ninth Avenue Foods announced Tuesday that the family-owned company would build a 260,000-square-foot (79,248-square-meter) plant in Columbus that will become its first expansion outside of its home state.

The company, which specializes in extended shelf-life dairy and dairy alternative products, said the project will become its Midwest headquarters and create more than 100 jobs by late 2024 in the city about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Indianapolis.

The plant will produce dairy and plant-based beverages, helping give Ninth Avenue Foods a broader reach across the country, company officials said.. The plant will have up to seven filling lines and also allow for the production of some products that do not require refrigeration.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will provide up to $1.1 million in tax credits if the company meets its job creation goal. The IEDC will also provide $150,000 to help pay for local infrastructure improvements needed to support the plant.

The company expects to begin hiring warehouse, production, maintenance, administrative and other workers in March 2022.