- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A Canadian specialty food manufacturer has announced plans to expand its U.S. headquarters in central Indiana and create up to 97 new jobs by 2017.

Skjodt-Barrett Foods said Wednesday it will invest nearly $44 million to install new equipment and technology at its 55-acre campus in the Lebanon Industrial Park.

The Lebanon plant makes baby food and fruit purees in spouted pouches.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said it offered Skjodt-Barrett up to $550,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $102,000 in training grants. The city of Lebanon will consider additional property tax Skjodt-Barrett already employs 325 people in Lebanon.

Gov. Mike Pence joined Skjodt-Barrett officials for the announcement in Toronto, Ontario. Pence was on a one-day trade mission to the city.

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