Canada-based Weston Foods has picked Hendricks County for its new US headquarters. The company is planning to pump more than $1.6 million into renovations to its Maplehurst Bakeries LLC facility in Brownsburg, Ind., creating a centralized location for its US leadership team.

Nearly one-quarter of the company's US employees are located at Indiana operations. Weston Foods says plans call for up to 15 new jobs in Hendricks County by 2018. The positions are expected to pay an average salary of more than 180 percent higher than the state average.

Brownsburg Town Manager Grant Kleinhenz says "the town is thrilled to see Weston Foods establishing its headquarters in Brownsburg and creating new jobs here. Maplehurst has long been one of our community's biggest employers and its parent company's investment here has a major impact on our economy and quality of life." In 2014, the company detailed investment plans totaling $78 million at its Lebanon production facility, including up to 219 additional jobs by the end of this year. Weston Foods says those employment targets have nearly been met.

Construction on the latest addition is already underway and could be complete in September. The company could receive as much as $220,000 in conditional tax credits from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. based on meeting its hiring goals. The town of Brownsburg is also planning to offer some $104,000 over five years in performance-based tax breaks.