Indiana Packers Corp. has plans to grow it's hog processing facility in northern Indiana. The company, owned by Mitsubishi Corp. has purchased a 30-acre site from the county government.

This week, the Carroll County Commissioners approved a $525,000 deal with Indiana Packers for the property next to the company's existing plant just south of Delphi, Ind. The pork packer is currently the county's largest employer with about 1,700 workers on staff.

Carroll County Commisioners' President, Pat Clawson, said the deal will make sure the company keeps growing.

"We are proud to to partner with Indiana Packers to complete this sale," Clawson said. "Not only is Indiana Packers our largest employer but their impact on the ag community is significant." He expects the packer to add at least 100 workers with the planned expansion.

The project has been on-going for three years, according to Laura Walls, the county's economic development director. This sale will indeed  allow the company to move ahead with expansion plans for its pork slaughtering operations. The packer's current slaughter capacity is 16,800 hogs a day, according to the company's website. Indiana Packers President and COO Garry Jacobson offered no specifics, saying the details will be announced at a later date.

"We have been proud to call Carroll County home for more than 20 years," he said. "We will be happy to announce the next steps once plans are finalized."

Indiana Packers first broke ground on the Delphi plant in September 1989. It was originally a partnership between Central Soya and Mitsubishi Corp. Hog slaughtering and processing got underway in 1991. In 1994, Mitsubishi Corp. took over controlling interst of the company. Itoham Foods joined as a minor stockholder in the company.