EVANSVILLE — RB, the British company which acquired Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. two years ago, plans a $23 million expansion of its Evansville facility with the intent of creating 95 new jobs over the next five years.
RB is a global health and hygiene company and maker of consumer goods including Lysol, Mucinex and Air Wick, which added infant nutrition brands to its health portfolio when it acquired Mead Johnson in June 2017, welcoming Evansville employees to its ranks.
Since the acquisition, RB said it has worked to redevelop and revitalize the 44 acres of land the facility was built on more than 100 years ago.
“Because of the support of the city of Evansville and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, RB is proud to be able to make additional investments in this vital facility that has employed nearly 800 Hoosiers over several generations,” said Art Pike, RB site director, Evansville Supply Center. “The Evansville facility is a significant manufacturing site for RB, and we are honored to continue the legacy of Mead Johnson as a partner in this community.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered RB up to $1.25 million in conditional tax credits based on the company's job creation plans.
The Evansville City Council Monday night voted 7-0 a resolution for a 10-year property tax phase-in related to the development, which will be worth about $850,000 during the 10 years.
Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville Executive Director Ellen Horan, who asked the CIty Council to approve the local tax incentive, said the three-fourths of the new jobs to be created will require college degrees and cover numerous professional areas.
Those jobs are expected to add about $6 million to the company's local payroll.
Steve Braun, senior vice president, RB Health, R&D, “In addition to investing $11 million dollars to improve operational efficiencies and more effectively utilize buildings located at its 1.2 million-square-foot manufacturing site, RB’s rehabilitation project will create new quality job opportunities in southwest Indiana.”
“RB’s plans to update the former Mead Johnson Nutrition Company facility are impressive and will serve as a model for the revitalization of other industrial and corporate complexes in the region,” Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said in a news release.
Indiana is home to 80 British companies, making the U.K. Indiana's second-largest European investor and third-largest globally. These companies, including RB, Rolls-Royce Corp., BP, BAE Systems and Tate & Lyle, support more than 12,400 jobs across the state.