By GREGORY ZELLER //
A maker of “artisan dining at home” selections is expanding its foodie-friendly Long Island footprint.
The Empire State Development Corp., Albany’s main economic-development engine, announced Thursday that Seviroli Foods Inc. will grow its regional presence with the acquisition of a 33,000-square-foot production and warehouse facility in Garden City.
Leveraging $350,000 in performance-based tax credits offered through ESD’s Excelsior Jobs Program, the company will invest $9 million to acquire and renovate multiple existing manufacturing plants, according to the state agency, ultimately creating 30 new full-time production and manufacturing jobs while keeping some 265 existing positions on the regional payroll.
Lieutenant Gov. Kathy Hochul, who visited Seviroli Foods’ Garden City headquarters Thursday to trumpet the expansion plan, said the ESD incentives were proof-positive that state officials are determined “to ensure that the food-production industry continues to thrive [on] Long Island.”
“For almost 60 years, Seviroli Foods has been consistently producing high-quality pasta products,” the lieutenant governor said. “Its expansion today, as well as its commitment to the region, is a huge success for Long Island.”
Seviroli Foods Chief Operating Office Paul Vertullo noted the company’s “strong ties to Long Island, where our family shareholders reside.”
“The family is committed to Long Island and has continued to invest in Long Island by purchasing real estate to expand its business here,” Vertullo said in a statement.
The expansion keeps the sauce bubbling in what has become a banner year for Seviroli Foods, self-billed as “the world’s largest tortellini manufacturer.” In February, the 57-year-old manufacturer announced the acquisition of New Jersey-based D’Orazio Foods Inc., another producer/distributor of frozen just-like-momma-used-to-make fare including manicotti, stuffed rigatoni and Italian pastries.
The expansions of the longtime regional stalwart mark “a great addition to the food production and manufacturing industry that is helping to spur economic growth across Long Island,” Empire State Development President and CEO Howard Zemsky said Thursday.