TIPTON, PA. — DelGrosso Foods, Inc., the oldest family-owned pasta sauce producer in the United States, has announced plans to convert a recently acquired 166,000-square-foot facility in Antis Township into an expanded pasta sauce manufacturing space. The company said the addition of a new sauce line will more than double its current production.
“We’ve made numerous additions to our existing Tipton sauce plant over the decades, adding warehousing space and expanded production capacity where we could,” said Joe DelGrosso, chief executive officer. “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.”
Established in 1947, DelGrosso Foods produces its original line of pasta sauce in addition to pizza sauces, sloppy joe sauce, salsas, organic sauces, and an ultra-premium line of pasta sauce, La Famiglia DelGrosso.
DelGrosso received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $166,800 workforce development grant to help the company train workers and was encouraged to apply for the department’s Manufacturing Tax Credit (MTC) program. DelGrosso also has committed to investing $60 million into the project, retaining 90 current positions and creating nearly 50 new full-time manufacturing jobs over the next three years.
The company also was approved for a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant.
“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,” said Michael DelGrosso, chief sales and marketing officer. “We are excited for the next step.”