MISSA BAY TO STAY IN PURELAND AND EXPAND The county's 6th largest employer will expand by 80 new jobs
(Logan Twp., NJ)- Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr. announced today that Missa Bay, the county's 6th largest employer, has chosen to stay in Gloucester County and have extended their long-term lease to 2014 at the Pureland Industrial Park.
"We are thrilled that Missa Bay has chosen to stay here and we were happy to work with them to help them obtain a grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority that will enable them to hire even more employees," Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney said. Sweeney said that Missa Bay plans to expand and hire up to 80 new employees.
"Gloucester County has focused on bringing in new businesses and industry to increase job growth here, but just as important, we have been working diligently to make sure we retain the employers we already have," Sweeney stated. "We have had over five hundred new businesses move into or start up in Gloucester County this year alone, but we know we have to work with our existing businesses so that they can expand here and stay here," said Sweeney.
Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi said, "Missa Bay currently employs 185 workers and this grant will enable them to stay here and increase their workforce and warehouse space. It is a highly competitive market for employers and the county was able to play an important role in Missa Bays decision to stay here." Brigandi said, "They could have relocated to Delaware or Pennsylvania and taken their 185 jobs out of our county, but we are very happy they will continue to call Gloucester County home," stated Brigandi. Brigandi is the liaison to the Office of Economic Development which helps promote the county to prospective employers as well as maintaining existing employers.
"Gloucester County is still in the top 50 counties for job growth in the nation. We have an ideal location, a skilled workforce and a great quality of life, and beyond that we work hard at recruiting companies to move here and retaining our existing businesses," stated Freeholder Brigandi.
The sole broker in the transaction was Dave Ricci of The Flynn Company who worked closely with Missa Bay with both the lease renewal and economic incentive package.
Missa Bay, LLC formed in 1974 as a produce distributor in Philadelphia, today is a food processing company preparing value added ready to eat healthy food alternatives. Their current product lines include cut fruit, green salads, hot foods, sliced tomatoes, wet salads and a repackaging program. WaWa and McDonalds represents 95% of Missas business.
The Gloucester County Office of Economic Development has been working with Missa Bay to assist them obtain a Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP) grant. Missa was approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) for the grant worth an estimated $641,489 over 10 years based on its plans to create 80 new jobs. The BEIP grants are available to expanding or relocating businesses that create jobs in New Jersey.
Other BEIP grants awarded recently with businesses expanding or relocating in Gloucester County were:
Direct Group, LLC and MCR Direct Mail, LLCH which received a grant earlier this year worth an estimated $1,904,175 over ten years based on its plans to expand in Logan Township and add 630 new jobs; and
Engineered Arresting System Corp., which executed a grant in February 2004 worth an estimated $413,280 for relocating from Pennsylvania and creating 45 new jobs in Logan Township. Engineered Arresting Systems is a manufacturer of ground support safety equipment and is the world leader in land-based aircraft arresting systems for military and commercial aircraft.