Great Performances, a catering and food service company, will invest $4.4 million to relocate its operations from Manhattan to an over 40,000 sq. ft. complex in the South Bronx, New York. The organization plans to add 181 associates.
"The Bronx is a promising new home for us. We are thrilled about the talent and creativity in Mott Haven and beyond," Liz Neumark, Founder & CEO of Great Performances, said. "We look forward to being active community members and growing together with our new neighbors."
To support Great Performances' relocation to the South Bronx and their hiring 181 new positions, ESD will provide an $880,000 grant, awarded by the New York City Regional Economic Development Council. The grant is contingent on Great Performances investing in machinery and other equipment for their new location and creating new jobs in the South Bronx.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said the new facility will include new kitchens, warehouse space, purchasing department, design studio, training space, support offices and The Sylvia Center, a non-profit dedicated to teaching nutrition and cooking to children and their families in high potential neighborhoods.
"New York couldn't be prouder of our efforts to ensure women-owned businesses, especially creative, sustainable and forward-thinking ones like Great Performances, have the opportunity to grow and thrive in this state," Governor Cuomo said. "With its new headquarters, Great Performances will be able to expand operations, hire more staff and share its success with new neighbors in the South Bronx and beyond. That's a recipe for success."
"In New York, we are committed to ensuring the growth of successful woman-owned businesses like Great Performances," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The catering company's relocation will create more than 180 new jobs and retain hundreds more in their new location in the South Bronx. This investment continues to strengthen the economy, attracting more businesses and creating new opportunities in the area."
"New York City's economy is booming, and homegrown businesses like Great Performances are leading the way. Supporting successful, sustainable, and creative companies like Great Performances will be critical to our success building a true five-borough economy," said Howard Zemsky, President, CEO, & Commissioner of Empire State Development.