Tipton, PA, April 26, 2021 – DelGrosso Foods, Inc., was awarded $1.5 million from the Commonwealth of PA. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is designed to assist with the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.
DelGrosso Foods applied for the grant program to aid in the redevelopment of the Kristel Lane Building that the company purchased in March 2019. The addition of that facility provides the company with much-needed space for expanded warehousing and future food manufacturing capabilities. DelGrosso Foods, which is the oldest major family-owned producer of pasta sauce in America, has experienced substantial growth over the past decade and requires more space for its operations.
RACP guidelines specify how grants may be utilized. DelGrosso Foods will use the funding to help reduce the overall costs of repurposing the building for warehousing and food production.
Joe DelGrosso, CEO and second-generation family member stated, “We’ve made numerous additions to our existing Tipton sauce plant over the decades, adding warehousing space and expanded production capacity where we could. In order to continue to grow, our only option at this point is to add a second facility. It’s the largest step in the history of the family business since my parents packed those first cans of sauce over 70 years ago.”
Michael DelGrosso, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and third-generation family member, says that expanded sales have fueled company growth. “We have a highly dedicated, world-class workforce right here in Blair County that produces DelGrosso branded products for distribution nationally and internationally, packs private label (store brand) products for half of the top 20 grocers in America and produces sauce or salsa for several national brands. We are excited for this next step.”
DelGrosso’s expansion is among the largest single business expansions ever in Blair County,” said Stephen McKnight, President and CEO of the Altoona Blair County Development Corporation. “Locally born and rooted family businesses are the backbone of our economy. We are grateful for DelGrosso’s continued investment and job creation impact and appreciate the support of our state and local officials in critical projects like this,” McKnight added.
DelGrosso Foods worked with the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), Altoona Blair County Development Corporation (ABCD Corp) as well as PA State Senator Judy Ward and PA House of Representative Jim Gregory for this grant process.
In addition to the $1.5m from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, DelGrosso also received funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $166,800 workforce development grant through the WEDnet program to help the company train workers and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program. The company has committed to investing $60 million into the project, retaining 90 current positions, and creating nearly 50 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. Loan assistance for the project is being funded by: First Commonwealth Bank, ABCD Corp and Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission.
About DelGrosso Foods, Inc.: DelGrosso Foods, Inc. is the oldest major family-owned producer of pasta sauce in the U.S., tracing its roots to 1914 and an Italian immigrant’s old-world recipe for pasta sauce. Ferdinand and Mafalda DelGrosso formalized production of the sauce for retail sale beginning in 1947. DelGrosso Foods is still family-owned and operated, and DelGrosso products are still manufactured in central PA, where the story began. Their line of ultra-premium pasta sauces, La Famiglia DelGrosso, can now be found at most major grocers across the United States. The family also owns and operates DelGrosso’s Park and Laguna Splash, as well as Marianna’s Fundraisers. For more information, visit www.delgrossos.com.
Press Contact: Amy Mearkle Phone: 814.684.3538 ext. 390 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll be showing a little southern hospitality at the Charleston Food & Wine Festival this weekend when we serve up La Famiglia DelGrosso meatballs to thousands of visitors. If you have friends in The Palmetto State, have them stop by the Grand Tasting Event to see the DelGrosso family this Friday-Sunday!
More info at http://charlestonwineandfood.com/
Tune in to PBS on February 17th and 24th to watch "The Italian Americans". This four hour TV documentary chronicles four generations of Italian-American lives. LaFamiglia DelGrosso is proud to be a sponsor of this TV series.
Learn More, visit PBS
La Famiglia DelGrosso will be at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Friday Feb. 20 through Sunday Feb. 23, sampling our sauces, along with our newest product, “Grandma Murf’s Italian-Style Meatballs.” We hope to see you there!
It’s that time of year again! The 24th annual Boston Wine Expo 2015 is happening again THIS WEEKEND at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston Massachusetts. We’ll be sampling our sauces, so stop by and say hello and enjoy great food, wine, celebrity chefs and so much more!
Join Us this weekend at MetroCooking DC’s Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show from November 8-9, 2014 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The two day culinary and entertaining event brings together more than 18,000 consumers to shop, dine and drink. Hope to see you there!
Learn More, visit Metro Cooking DC