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Toronto-based Indian Food Company Sets Up U.S. Operation In Springfield

 A screenshot of Surati snack food packages.
A screenshot of Surati snack food packages.

A Toronto-based manufacturer of Indian snack foods is setting up shop in Clark County, with the promise of some serious economic benefits for the Springfield area.

Surati Sweet Mart is a family-owned company with its headquarters in Toronto. Their new $16 million facility on Upper Valley Pike will be their first distribution and manufacturing center in the United States.

Horton Hobbs is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Springfield Partnership. He says the economic impact for the region will go beyond the 108 new positions the company expects to hire.

“Generally for one job, a manufacturer operates, it creates about four other indirect jobs in the community," he said. "So there will be a significant external impact probably in the order of magnitude of another 45 to 75 jobs created as a result of this one manufacturer.”

Hobbs says Surati is already making headway on the facility’s renovations and upgrades, but supply chain delays for some construction materials may keep them from becoming fully operational until 2022.

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