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LaPorte licorice maker to grow, add jobs

LaPORTE, Ind. – A northern Indiana factory that makes candy and licorice is planning a $10 million expansion company officials say will add 35 new jobs by 2015.

American Licorice Co. plans to renovate its 285,000-square-foot LaPorte plant and install a licorice production line and a rail spur to transport ingredients to the plant.

The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/11R63cL) that American Licorice is one of the nation’s original licorice manufacturers. The company produces Red Vines, Sour Punch, Natural Vines, Super Ropes and Snaps.

The Bend, Ore.-based firm employs 150 Indiana residents at its LaPorte plant and 500 nationwide.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered American Licorice up to $200,000 in tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. Those incentives are contingent on the company hiring Indiana residents.

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