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S&W Wholesale Foods Expands Hammond, Louisiana, Operations

S&W Wholesale Foods, an independent foodservice supplier, plans to expand operations in Hammond, Louisiana. The $21 million project is expected to retain 100 jobs.

The investment will include the acquisition of an existing facility, roof replacement, and refitting to accommodate office space.

"I'm proud to see the company my parents started over 46 years ago right here in Tangipahoa Parish reach such a huge milestone in our company history,” S&W Foods President and CEO Paul Spalitta said. “Being Louisiana local is something we're very proud of, and as Louisiana's leading independent foodservice supplier, it's important for me that S&W's big move happen where our company roots began. I want to continue to grow and support this community and Louisiana's hospitality industry that's supported our growth and success for all these years. This facility will allow us to continue our growth for many years to come."

To support the project Louisiana Economic Development (LED) offered S&W Foods an incentives package featuring a $700,000 performance-based award from the Economic Development Award Program for reimbursement of infrastructure costs and roof repair, contingent on approval from the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation board.

“Louisiana’s world-class food scene extends beyond our many great restaurants to the locally-owned businesses that support this wide-ranging sector,” LED Secretary Susan B. Bourgeois noted. “There are success stories just like S&W Foods in every corner of Louisiana and LED is committed to supporting these businesses as they grow and export Louisiana’s food expertise far and wide.”

S&W Foods provides services to independent restaurants, multi-unit restaurant chains, healthcare, schools and others in the hospitality industry. The company specializes in the distribution of fresh and frozen meats, seafood, produce, dairy, condiments and canned goods. In addition, S&W supplies chemical and cleaning supplies, paper products, plasticware, light equipment and kitchenware.

"It is exciting to see S&W Wholesale Foods expand their production facility in Hammond with this significant investment,” added Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “The new facility will enhance their operational capacity, ensuring the retention of more than 100 valuable jobs for the area and underscoring Tangipahoa Parish’s commitment to fostering a thriving business environment. Moreover, the success of S&W represents continued growth in the region’s thriving food sector."

"We are thrilled that S&W Foods has been able to acquire this facility to grow their multi-generational, family-owned business,” Tangipahoa Parish Executive Director of Economic Development Ginger Cangelosi said. “This group has been doing business in Tangipahoa for decades and has had quite a substantial economic impact on this entire region. We appreciate their continued investment in Tangipahoa Parish and offer our very best wishes for continued success."


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