OH: Food Producer Announces 128 New Jobs, Investment in Cincinnati Region | Trade and Industry Development

OH: Food Producer Announces 128 New Jobs, Investment in Cincinnati Region

Jul 22, 2020
York Street Fresh Foods, LLC, a producer and distributor of premium ready-to-eat food solutions, announced that it plans to locate a new production facility in Sharonville, Ohio. At this existing facility, York Street Fresh Foods will prepare ready-to-eat food products for hospitals, convenience stores, groceries, airports and more throughout the Midwest. Some of the company’s clients include nearby colleges and universities such as University of Kentucky Dining and University of Louisville. The project is expected to create 128 new jobs and result in more than $4 million of new payroll and $3 million of new capital investment.  
“We are poised and ready to meet the surging demand for our premium ready-to-eat products with our new joint venture in the Cincinnati region,” stated David Caruso, York Street Fresh Foods general manager. “The combination of expertise from the Lorenzo Food Group in production, Caruso’s logistic strengths and the attractive local business climate point to a winning formula. We are appreciative of the support offered by JobsOhio, REDI Cincinnati and the City of Sharonville to secure this project.”            
York Street Fresh Foods’ new operation will be located at 3465 Hauck Road in Sharonville. The company is a joint venture between Caruso, Inc., an Ohio company, and New Jersey-based Lorenzo Food Group. York Street Fresh Foods will begin with a phase one investment of $500,000 immediately in August, followed by a planned $2.5 million phase two investment within a year featuring an industrial kitchen. The first phase will include the hiring of 40 new employees as the company eventually ramps up to the 128 total jobs included in the project. The company is looking to quickly fill a variety of positions, including production, quality assurance, and customer service roles. Interested applicants can contact the company at recruiting@yorkstreetfresh.com or call (513)-577-2250 to get more information on available openings.
“At more than $2.7 billion, the food and flavoring industry is a key ingredient to the Cincinnati region’s manufacturing ecosystem,” said Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president and CEO. “As consumers reconsider their food needs, York Street Fresh Foods is adapting to meet the growing demand for convenient food products. Along with JobsOhio, we are proud of the partnership that led to the company’s planned investment in Sharonville and I look forward to their continued growth in the region.”
The announcement by York Street Fresh Foods is driven in part due to increased demand for safe and convenient food solutions over the last few months. In the face of COVID-19, consumers have fueled growing sales which led the company to identify the need for further investment in its ready-to-eat products. All York Street Fresh Foods offerings are produced under the strictest food safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) guidelines in a state-of-the-art, USDA and FDA-certified facility. The York Street Market product line, a proven market leader in the northeast with the Lorenzo Food Group,  is anchored with premium sandwiches, crafted with the finest deli ingredients and the freshest local artisan breads. The complete menu encompasses wraps, paninis, entrée and side salads, freshly cut fruits and vegetables, snack and protein plates, breakfast and dessert items, as well as gluten-free and vegan options.
“The City of Sharonville is thrilled to welcome York Street Fresh Foods to our community, especially at a time when grab-n-go food products are so popular,” said Kevin Hardman, mayor of Sharonville. “With other competitive options throughout the Midwest, we are very fortunate to have 128 new jobs coming to Sharonville.”
The project is supported by a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant and Job Creation Incentive Grant from the City of Sharonville.
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