Aunt Millie's plans to build facility in Merrillville

2013-02-05T21:30:00Z 2013-02-05T21:57:05Z Aunt Millie's plans to build facility in MerrillvilleChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 05, 2013 9:30 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Aunt Millie's Bakeries could be bringing new jobs to Merrillville.

The Fort-Wayne-based company wants to build a new 125,000-square-foot distribution facility and retail sales business near 69th Avenue and Mississippi Street.

Gary Torrenga, of Torrenga Engineering, said the facility would take the place of two existing Aunt Millie's distribution centers.

Torrenga, who represented Aunt Millie's during a Plan Commission workshop Tuesday, didn't know the locations of the existing facilities.

He said 30 employees would be transferred to the proposed center in Merrillville. An additional 25 employees would be hired, Torrenga said.

Groundbreaking for the new building could occur in spring or summer, Torrenga said.

Aunt Millie's is seeking preliminary subdivision approval for two lots for the project.

Torrenga said the new facility would be built on one of the lots, and there are no plans at this time for the second lot.

The project could receive the subdivision approval during the Plan Commission's Feb. 19 meeting.

Zoning Director Dorinda Gregor said the project also requires variance approvals, which will be heard by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Plan Commission members Shawn Pettit and Brian Dering said they want the proposed building to be aesthetically pleasing and comply with the town's commercial design guidelines.

Town officials said they are excited about the project, especially the new jobs it could create.

Two other projects also are being planned in Merrillville that would create new jobs.

Horizon Financial Management, which provides billing and practice management services to health care providers across the country, plans to move into a new building in the AmeriPlex at the Crossroads development.

The company wants to expand its operations in the new building and create up to 216 jobs by 2016.

Dawn Food Products also hopes to build a new distribution center at AmeriPlex at the Crossroads.

Employees from its Crown Point and Munster facilities would be transferred to that building, and there would be six to 10 new jobs at the center.

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