The move will leave about 600 workers in the Kansas City area, including 200 at IBC's current midtown headquarters. Its other operations in the area include a plant in Lenexa, Kan.
Phelps said the relocation, under study for some time but finalized just last week, is intended to make it easier to recruit experienced senior-level executives.
"There are a lot of corporations in the Dallas area that are in the consumer packaged goods industry," Phelps said. "If you are looking for people with experience in your industry, it's a lot easier to find them in Dallas."
He said the company intends to maintain a strong presence in Kansas City, where its roots extend for decades.
Phelps said the company started in 1930 in Kansas City as a wholesaler, selling bread to local grocery stores, and expanded over the years through a number of acquisitions. Its headquarters were temporarily moved to Hartsdale, N.Y., from 1975 to 1981 after it was acquired by Data Processing Financial & General Corp., a computer leasing company.
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Phelps said he expected IBC's overall employment in the Kansas City area to remain unchanged because the emergence from bankruptcy earlier this month allowed the company to lift a hiring freeze.
"That will offset the positions transferred with this move," he said.