Continued growth, including securing new contracts with national firms, is fueling a $22.7 million expansion and renovation of Rosina Food Products Inc. operations in Cheektowaga and West Seneca.
The expansion is being aided by a series of grants awarded by Empire State Development Corp., including an allocation up to $4 million that was approved March 23 by the directors of the state agency. Combined Empire State Development either has or will be allocating $5.5 million in grants and loans to Rosina, with the incentives kicking in the company’s expansion plan that could see at least 50 new local jobs created and food lines produced at the plants. Rosina officials declined to comment.
Included in the expansion is equipment needed by Rosina to create a new ravioli and pasta line at its West Seneca plant on French Road. The new line could see Rosina produce annually more than 10 million pounds of pasta at the French Road site, according to documents the company filed with ESD. The same documents indicate new lines at Rosina’s Industrial Parkway plant in Cheektowaga could produce annually more than 20 million pounds of proteinbased food items. In all, Rosina is expected to invest $22.76 million in its two local plants by December 2018, according to the state documents.
It is the latest in a series of investments Rosina has made at its headquarters and manufacturing operations, including moving its research and development wing from Chicago to the Buffalo Niagara region four years ago and acquiring such companies as frozen pasta maker Gina Italian Village and San Rallo Pasta Co. and bringing those firm’s product lines to Cheektowaga and West Seneca. Rosina has 345 local workers but expects to be near 400 employees by Jan. 1, 2017.
Source: Buffalo Business First, March 31, 2016