Heartland Food Products Group plans to expand Indianapolis facilities

Heartland Food Products Group plans to expand its operations in Indiana, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Heartland Food Productions Group manufacturers drink mixes and zero calorie sugar substitutes.

The company plans to invest $21.2 million to renovate existing production and distribution buildings on the north​side of Indianapolis as well as purchase new equipment. The expansion will include multiple production lines, filling machines, packing and blending equipment. A part of the total investment will also go toward the company's headquarters in Carmel.

Heartland began operating in 2004 and this is its second major expansion in the past three years. Currently, Heartland employs about 300 full-time workers and this expansion is expected to create 160 new jobs in the state by 2017.

"As an industry leader and innovator, we are pleased to have Heartland choose Indy for their expansion plans," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard stated. "This is a great example of a quality company that gives back to our local community and focuses on hiring Indianapolis residents."

Heartland Food Products Group and other businesses expanding their operations should partner with a manufacturing recruiter. A recruiter does the legwork for the business and finds the most qualified workers in the area.