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 Economic Development News 
Monday, October 10 2016

New highly efficient baking production facility designed and built to address new FSMA requirements.

Plymouth, IN -- Following the devastating loss of a facility to a fire in June, Pretzels Inc. selected The Austin Company ( to provide complete site selection, incentive negotiation, due diligence, design, engineering and construction services for a new baking production facility.

“Austin’s integrated approach across all of our needs really differentiated them and allowed us and them to move faster than anyone else to get a new plant operational,” explains Scott Smith, CEO with Pretzels, Inc.

On September 6, Pretzels Inc. announced the selection of an existing 45,000 square-foot shell building in Plymouth, Indiana, for production of their popular peanut-butter-filled pretzels. The shell building will be modified on a fast-track schedule to create a highly efficient production plant designed to address the new FSMA requirements and provide flexibility to accommodate future expansion.

“We pride ourselves on being there for our clients and are pleased to support Pretzels with this time-critical and important project,” says Brandon Davis, General Manager and Vice President of Operations with The Austin Company. “Our team’s experience in the baking industry and full-service, innovative approach made this partnership a natural fit.”

Austin is implementing proven, proprietary approaches to ensure the fast-track project is completed as efficiently, safely and with the highest quality possible:

  • The Austin Method®, Austin’s proprietary, single-source integrated project delivery approach, will be utilized throughout the project to ensure seamless delivery of services in the fastest manner possible.
  • Austin’s Best Practices Bakery Planning Guide, will be utilized to ensure the best and latest innovations in bakery design and construction are used to meet the facility’s unique requirements.

The new production facility is expected to bring 65 new jobs to the area.

About The Austin Company
The Austin Company offers a comprehensive in-house portfolio of services, including planning, architectural design, engineering, design-build, construction management, and construction, as well as site location and operations improvement consulting for commercial and industrial companies throughout North America.

The Austin Company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1878 and its headquarters remain in Cleveland, with additional offices in Irvine, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri; in addition to a joint venture company in Mexico. Austin became a part of Kajima USA in 2005 and is a proud member of the Kajima family of companies worldwide. Kajima Corporation is a leading and top ranked, global design and construction organization. Learn more at

About Pretzels Inc.
Pretzels Inc. is a family-owned business headquartered in Bluffton, Indiana. Founded in 1978, the company is a national manufacturer that produces and distributes pretzels and extruded corn products in the United States and Canada, primarily for private label and contract manufacturing, as well as its own Harvest Road brand. Its products include cheese balls, cheese curls and corn puffs in addition to several varieties of pretzels.

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