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Italian company picks Warren for $9.5M investment

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

An Italian cheese producer plans to build a $9.5-million facility in Warren, Ind., promising to add 35 new jobs for Hoosiers by 2021.

Golfo di Napoli Dairy has already bought the 40-acre site near Interstate 69 at Exit 278 and plans to begin construction in September. The company expects to begin hiring workers for the facility before the end of 2018 so they can begin production in February 2019.

The company has established a partnership with Fair Oaks Farms, located in Jasper County, to provide Golfo di Napoli Dairy with certified organic milk to help make mozzarella, burrata, ricotta, provolone and other cheeses using a traditional technique from Naples, Italy.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IDEC) offered the company $300,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans, which means the company isn’t eligible to claim incentivesuntil Hoosiers are hired.

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners have also offered conditional grant funding up to $150,000, which will be given to the company incrementally as they meet conditions laid out for their investment, Huntington County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Mark Wickersham said.

Wickersham said the town of Warren and the county have been working for nearly two decades to attract a company to the area, which is located in a tax increment financing district.