Indiana Manufacturing’s Getting More Fun! Game Maker Bringing 75 Jobs

Indiana Manufacturing’s Getting More Fun! Game Maker Bringing 75 Jobs

Ludo Fact GmbH, a global manufacturer of board games and puzzles, announced plans to expand its operations in Lafayette, creating up to 75 new jobs by 2021.

“Indiana is truly a global economy, with more than 800 foreign-owned businesses like Ludo Fact operating across the state,” said Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “As a state, we are committed to providing businesses a favorable economic environment that allows job creators to grow with confidence. We look forward to Ludo Fact’s continued presence in Lafayette, creating new Hoosier jobs and furthering our strong partnerships with global corporations.”

Ludo Fact GmbH, which is based in Jettingen-Scheppach, Germany, produces more than 17 million board games and puzzles each year. In order to increase its offerings in the North American market, the company established Ludo Fact USA after acquiring Jessup Paper Box in Lafayette and now plans to invest $13 million over the next five years to grow in Indiana. The company plans to make significant investments in machinery and equipment, ensuring that its 62,500-square-foot facility at 4557 Dale Dr. is a quick and efficient one-stop-shop for customers, from production and assembly to packaging and shipping.

The expansion, which will begin later this year, will allow Ludo Fact USA to increase its production of board games and puzzles by double digits each year, as well as continue operating its existing ridging box division, which services companies in the cosmetics, health and beauty, pharmaceutical and luxurious goods industries. To support its growth, the company plans to begin hiring this year for a variety of positions, including administrators, machine operators and skilled forklift operators.

“Indiana’s skilled labor, centralized location with strong infrastructure, and its quality of life were an exact match for our criteria,” said Horst Walz, chief executive officer and owner of Ludo Fact Group. “It is a state that works on all relevant levels.”

Established in 1992, Ludo Fact GmbH has been bringing fun to the world for more than 20 years, supplying 70,000 board games and puzzles per day and 350,000 per week for 200 game publishers worldwide. The company, which also has facilities in China and the Czech Republic, provides all needed services for a complete game under one roof: production, assembly, packaging and shipping. Ludo Fact GmbH creates a variety of products, including game boxes, game boards, cards, wooden and plastic game pieces and parts, linen bags and dice cups, hour glasses and puzzles.

“Ludo Fact’s continued expansion in Lafayette, Indiana, continues to reaffirm the opportunity for international companies here in Tippecanoe County, said Tracy Brown, Tippecanoe County Commissioners. “We are proud of our partnership with Ludo Fact and their continued investment in our community.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Ludo Fact USA up to $400,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning that until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Tippecanoe County supports the project at the request of the Greater Lafayette Commerce.

The news comes amid the Indiana Secretary of Commerce’s trade mission to Germany this week. Germany is Indiana’s second-largest source of foreign direct investment, with Indiana supporting 112 companies that are German-owned or German joint ventures. In 2016, Indiana exported $1.7 billion worth of goods to Germany, ranking No. 3 among all of the state’s export partners.