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Urschel to break ground on Thursday

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Urschel Laboratories Inc. will break ground on Thursday, July 11, on its new facility in Coffee Creek Center.

The ceremony is scheduled for 12 p.m.

“We look forward to starting another chapter in Urschel history by breaking ground on July 11 at what will become our new manufacturing and global headquarters,” Rick Urschel, vice-president of operations, said in a statement released over the weekend.

Founded in 1910, Urschel Laboratories is the global leader in food-cutting technology, and has been at its present location in Valparaiso since 1958. The company “has experienced tremendous growth over the years and has expanded the facility over 28 times to equal its current size,” the statement said. “The area surrounding the current manufacturing plant has also continued to grow, leaving the facility landlocked.”

Earlier this month, Urschel Laboratories closed on the purchase of 160 acres at Coffee Creek Center.

As part of Thursday’s ceremony, the company’s more than 300 employed have received an invitation to participate and will be bussed to the current site from Valparaiso, where after a brief lunch specially engraved shovels will be handed out as employees and invited guests “hollow out a giant Urschel logo in the footprint of the new building.”

Urschel Laboratories is “an engineering-driven company” which “continues to partner with leading food processors to discover the latest in food-cutting advances,” the statement said.

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Posted 7/8/2013