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Incentives, Trained Workers Help Food Processors to Grow in Cumberland County, New Jersey

A host of local, state, and federal incentives — as well as the availability of a well-trained workforce — has made it attractive for food processors such as Bridor and Allied Specialty Foods to grow in Cumberland County, N.J.

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Food processors and distributors often locate in areas where they can be close to producers. They also look to areas where generous incentives are available in order to lower their costs. This is what executives at Allied Specialty Foods, Inc.; Bridor, Inc.; and the Safeway Food Group had in mind when they chose Cumberland County, N.J., for their facilities.

Bridor, Inc., a leading manufacturer of authentic European breads and Viennese pastry for the retail and food service industry, is investing $32 million to expand an existing 136,000-square-foot facility to 183,000 square feet in Cumberland County. The company will grow its employee count from 132 to 177.

Also in Cumberland County, Allied Specialty Foods, a restaurant and retail food supplier, is taking advantage of an incentive program called GROW New Jersey to secure the financing necessary to carry out its 10-year plan to relocate and expand.

A host of other local, state, and federal incentives make it attractive for food processors and businesses of all types to locate here including:
  • Urban Enterprise Zones
  • NJ Economic Redevelopment and Growth Program
  • Grayfield and Brownfield Cleanup Funding
  • U.S. EDA Public Infrastructure Funding
  • Cumberland Empowerment Zone
An added bonus to area food processors is the availability of a well-trained workforce. President and co-owner of the Safeway Food Group Frank Tedesco says he has successfully hired 200 additional full time workers for his company’s $3 million expansion. “We employed a strong workforce at our former location convincing us that a qualified labor pool would be readily available for our new operation,” he concludes.

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