Sensient plans to move Indy headquarters to Chicago

Milwaukee-based Sensient Technologies Corp. said Friday it plans to move its Indianapolis-based Flavors & Fragrances Group corporate headquarters to Chicago before mid-2014.

Sensient said the move would not include the relocation of the Indianapolis production site.

Sensient employs more than 200 at its offices and production facilities at 5600 W. Raymond St., in Indianapolis, but it is unclear how many of those workers would be moved.

A spokesman for Sensient did not return a phone call Friday afternoon seeking comment.

Sensient, which has more than 3,900 workers worldwide, came under heavy scrutiny last year because of a legal battle with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration over intense government scrutiny of health risks at the Indianapolis plant.

The company said in a statement that it expects “to incur personnel and moving related costs between $12 million and $14 million over the next 12 to 18 months as a result of this relocation.”

Sensient said “the relocation of the Flavors & Fragrances Group headquarters will give the company better access to its customers, improve its access to food industry talent, improve access to worldwide air service and allow it to showcase its broad product portfolio in a state-of-the-art facility.”

The Flavors & Fragrances division on Friday reported record revenue of $875.3 million in 2012, up from $857.5 million in 2011.


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