Frozen pizza manufacturer Palermo Villa announced that it is expanding production capabilities with a new location in Jefferson, Wisconsin. According to the company, the expansion plan will create more than 200 new job opportunities that will include salaried management positions, production associates and quality, maintenance, warehouse and sanitation positions.
The Jefferson facility, west of Milwaukee, was formerly used as a food processing plant. Palermo’s will be adding specialised equipment to the facility to create additional production capacity with at least two pizza topping lines. When the facility is up and running at full capacity, which is anticipated to be late summer 2023, the plant is expected to create more than 50 million frozen pizzas a year.
“Palermo’s is a people first culture. None of what we do is possible without our people. We are committed to delivering a great pizza experience and to being Wisconsin’s Hometown Pizza. Our expansion is due to increased consumer demand for our family of brands – Palermo’s, Urban Pie, Connie’s, Screamin’ Sicilian, and Surfer Boy Pizza. This expansion reinforces our commitment to provide industry competitive jobs for people who live and work in Wisconsin,” said Giacomo Falluca, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Palermo’s.
“Palermo’s will add 200 jobs between both of our locations: the new Jefferson production facility and at our Milwaukee headquarters on Canal St. in the heart of the Menomonee Valley.” He added that “the company will use a staggered-start training program for the new positions that will continue to build capacity through 2023 and 2024,” he added.
The company was recently certified by Great Place to Work, an international group that surveys, certifies and recognises great places to work. The award is based on what current employees say about their experience working at Palermo’s. This year, 73% said it was a great place to work.
“Palermo’s expansion is a fantastic example of a success achieved by stakeholders working together to benefit Greater Jefferson County,” said Deb Reinbold, President of Thrive Economic Development. “The jobs created by this expansion will support local workers and their families. Our team is grateful to assist with this project and congratulates Palermo’s on its success.”
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