MUNSTER | Another south suburban Chicago business has crossed the state line, and moved into a former mattress factory just across the border.
AM Manufacturing Co., which started talking to the Munster Redevelopment Commission about relocating in December, has announced it will move its headquarters from Dolton to the former Simmons Mattress plant in Munster.
The company, which makes dough processing machines for food retailers such as Nestle, Aurelio's and Papa John's, will invest $2.28 million to lease, renovate and equip a 56,800-square-foot facility in the Lake Business Center.
"We are a growing company adding square footage to make a more clean and efficient work flow to lower costs and improve output efficiency," said Holly Rentner, co-owner of AM Manufacturing.
AM Manufacturing currently employs 30 workers, about half of whom are Indiana residents, and plans to hire another 10 employees over the next four years.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company $400,000 in tax credits based upon the company's job creation plans. The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority awarded another $400,000 incentive, and Munster granted a 10-year tax break of $65,000.
Founded in 1961 with the idea that it would be more efficient to roll bagel dough mechanically instead of manually, AM Manufacturing makes dough-processing machines that enable the mass-production of pizza crusts, tortilla shells and bagels. The business serves bakeries and restaurants around the world.
The company plans to start moving its workers to the new Munster facility, which will have a larger showroom to display machines for customers and more space to do formerly contracted work in-house. The new facility should be open by this summer.
Tec Air, MAC Medical Supply Co., Land O'Frost and Carl Buddig all recently have decided to move jobs from south Cook County to Munster, where they will invest more than $26 million. Illinois however attracted nearly twice as many major business investments per capita as Indiana last year, according to Site Selection magazine.