Egg company Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has plans to build a new facility in Topeka, Indiana.

The proposed 20,000 square foot facility in Topeka will include a feed mill for company-owned hens as well as a depot building where flock services such as moving of equipment and vaccinating birds will take place.

The new facility is expected to be fully staffed and operational in early 2017. About 20 people are expected to be employed there.

“We are excited to break ground on this important project in the Town of Topeka. Town officials have welcomed us with open arms and proven that they are open for business,” Greg Herbruck, corporate vice president of Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, said in a press release. “The logistics advantage, high-quality workforce, ease to do business, and proximity to customers made this decision very easy for us. Our relationship with the Town of Topeka and LaGrange County will play a role in future expansion projects for our company as well.”  

The company worked with the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation during the planning stages.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, has an operation that includes 6.89 million laying hens. It is headquartered in Saranac, Michigan, and produces about 60 percent of Michigan’s eggs.