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S&W Wholesale Foods Plans Hammond, Louisiana, Distribution Center

A family owned and operated distributor of meats, seafood, produce, dairy, and more, S&W Wholesale Foods is investing $12 million to build a new multi-temperature wholesale food distribution center near Hammond, Louisiana. The project is expected to create 30 new jobs.

Upon completion, the company will relocate its current operations to the new 100,000 square-foot facility, which will feature 30,000 square feet of office space that includes a state-of-the-art culinary test kitchen and a training facility with stadium-style seating.

“Hammond is my hometown and where our company was first started over 40 years ago,” S&W President and Owner Paul Spalitta said. “We have always felt that the Hammond area is the ideal location for distribution, being at the crossroads of I-12 and I-55.”

To secure the project in Tangipahoa and to facilitate the expansion, S&W Wholesale will receive a sponsored $430,000 award from the state’s Economic Development Award program. The company is expected to utilize the state’s Enterprise Zone program.

“S&W Wholesale has enjoyed a long history of success and growth in Louisiana, and their expansion near Hammond is evidence of the continued economic vibrancy of Tangipahoa Parish,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “I am proud to celebrate this new chapter in S&W’s history, and I congratulate company leadership and the surrounding community on the new opportunities and economic growth that will follow.”

The state of Louisiana is providing the company with a competitive incentive package that includes the comprehensive services of LED FastStart, ranked the No. 1 workforce development program in the U.S. for the past 12 years.

“The continued growth of S&W Wholesale Foods is a testament to the quality of the culinary offerings that are made in Southeast Louisiana,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. “Food manufacturing is a rapidly expanding industry in our region, and we welcome new facilities that ensure continued success for our local companies. This expansion will help bring their catalog of products into the hands of more customers than ever, and the new jobs will provide valuable career opportunities to Tangipahoa Parish residents.”

According to Louisiana Economic Development (LED), S&W Wholesale Foods has expanded operations near Hammond 13 times since 1978, and the current site cannot accommodate its new facility plans. The company will relocate all operations to the new facility to a greenfield site near the Pumpkin Center I-10 exit in unincorporated Tangipahoa Parish.

"S&W Wholesale Foods is a multi-generational legacy company started right here in Tangipahoa over 43 years ago,” Executive Director Ginger Cangelosi of Tangipahoa Economic Development said. “We have been honored to lend support to them throughout this project and are excited about their decision to expand and grow in Tangipahoa. The substantial investment they are making to create more jobs and expand their company footprint shows the Spalitta family's continued commitment to our community. We look forward to celebrating their continued success for many years to come."

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