A burgeoning specialty pasta maker that chose to stay in Stratford when it expanded operations has begun renovations on its new space.
Nuovo Pasta’s move to 1330 Honeyspot Road Extension – the former home to United Athletic Centers – comes at a time when the company is celebrating 25 years in business.
“We have been located in Stratford (at 125 Bruce Ave.) since 2001 and are excited to be entering our new growth phase at a new facility here in town,” Tom Quinn, executive vice president at Nuovo, said in an email.
Stratford Director of Economic Development Karen Kaiser was equally as excited.
“We worked hard to keep them in town,” Kaiser said. “We’re thrilled that they (stayed here). They’re hiring locally, helping to build the tax base.”
The move was first announced in July 2012. At the time, Nuovo President and Founder Carl Zuanelli said about 25 new jobs would be created with the new 40,000-square-foot facility, which is double the size of the Bruce Avenue outfit.
Last week, Quinn said that the company intends to keep hiring.
“We expect that this new facility and the business we will be able to gain from it will enable us to continue to add jobs to the region moving forward,” he said.
Nuovo sells its pasta and sauce to specialty stores and restaurants. In 2008, the company began offering its product to larger supermarkets, which helped to triple business, Zuanelli said in 2012.
Nuovo’s customers span the continent but Quinn said he believes that the company has found its niche in Stratford.
“One of the things that we really like about Stratford is the fact that it is a multifaceted community including industry, recreation, retail and residential areas all committed to coexisting and collective growth," he said.
For more on Nuovo, visit their website.