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Candy Maker Growing in NW Indiana

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A nearly century-old candy maker is growing in northwest Indiana. American Licorice Company has announced plans to expand its operations in La Porte, creating up to 35 new jobs by 2015. The Oregon-headquartered company will invest approximately ten-million-dollars to equip and renovate its facility at 1900 Whirlpool Drive. The expansion, will include the installation of a licorice production line and the addition of a rail spur to allow the company to receive ingredients by rail.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation says the company plans to begin hiring additional production associates next year.
Founded in 1914, American Licorice is one of the original licorice manufacturers in the United States and produces Red Vines®, Sour Punch®, Natural Vines®, Super Ropes® and Snaps® candy brands. The company, which also has a production facility in Union City, California, was named the 2012 Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce for its community involvement.
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