Scranton meat packing company expanding to Jessup
A downtown Scranton meat products manufacturer is expanding and plans a new warehouse, office and production facility in Jessup.
Pasqualichio Brothers Inc. on Monday bought 5 acres in the Valley View Business Park from SLIBCO, the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s development arm, where it plans a new 40,000-square-foot facility.
The sale price was not immediately available.
“We just grew out of our building,” said Michael Pasqualichio, the company’s president.
For the last 37 years, Pasqualichio has operated out of its two-story building in Franklin Avenue’s 100 block.
The property it purchased along Valley View Drive offers Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone status until December 2020, which absolves it of certain state and local taxes for three years.
The company will keep its 50 or so employees and add 10 to 15 new positions over the next three years.
Pasqualichio has no plans to sell the two-story building on Franklin Avenue, but said once the new building is complete, the business will relocate all operations to Jessup. At least that’s the plan for now.
“We don’t know what opportunities will come our way,” he said.
Four brothers, Michael, Dominick, William and Patrick, founded the company in 1980 as a meat distributor serving New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Michael Pasqualichio described a robust family business, one in which their wives and parents, Pat and Mary Pasqualichio, helped fuel the company’s growth.
Over the years, the Pasqualichios specialized and now buy fresh beef, poultry and pork in bulk and prepare it with seasonings and marinades before vacuum sealing to extend shelf life.
They grew their client base to include retailers across the eastern seaboard and as far west as the Mississippi River.
In addition to the brothers’ wives and parents, nine of their sons, ranging in age from 23 to 39, embraced the family business and are gearing up to carry the company forward.
“If it wasn’t for them … I don’t know how we would be building this,” Michael Pasqualichio said.
Pasqualichio Brothers Inc. Purchases Land in Jessup
Pasqualichio Brothers Inc. recently purchased Lot 14-A, a 4.91-acre parcel in the Valley View Business Park, from the Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Business Company (SLIBCO) for the construction of a new facility. SLIBCO is the industrial development affiliate of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.
“After a long, exhaustive search, and with the invaluable assistance provided by SLIBCO and The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce throughout the process, we feel fortunate to have found the property in the Valley View Industrial Park,” said Mike Pasqualichio, president, Pasqualichio Brothers Inc. “Pasqualichio Brothers Inc., began operations more than 37 years ago in downtown Scranton, and as a third-generation, family-owned and operated company, we are very excited to be able to stay in Lackawanna County to grow and expand our company.”
The company plans to construct a 40,000 square-foot office, manufacturing and warehouse facility in the Valley View Business Park, allowing it to expand its operations in addition to its Scranton facility. The expansion will allow the company to retain 45-50 employees and create 10 to 15 new jobs over the next three years.
“The Chamber economic development team is proud to have had the opportunity to work with Pasqualichio Brothers in selecting a site for their next manufacturing facility,” said Bob Durkin, president of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and executive vice president of SLIBCO. “The Pasqualichio family has grown the business into a third-generation, family-owned and operated Lackawanna County employer. Their expansion into Valley View Business Park will allow them to achieve company growth for years to come.”
Pasqualichio Brothers is a manufacturer and distributor of quality meat products based in downtown Scranton. The company was established in 1980 and began as a wholesale distribution business specializing in the sale of fresh pork, poultry and beef to supermarkets in eastern Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Over time, the business has grown into an industry leader in the manufacturing of value-added meat products. Pasqualichio Brothers is also the producer of Butcher Van Gourmet meat products, which are sold on a national basis in major club stores, supermarkets, specialty retailers and grocery chains.