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Company To Move Operations From California To Catawba County, New Jobs To Be Created

Pasta Piccinini, a manufacturer of pasta products, announced that it will fully relocate all US operations including sales and product manufacturing from California to a facility in Newton. Pasta Piccinini commits to invest a minimum of $6,000,000 on acquisition, renovation of the facility and installation of pasta manufacturing machinery and equipment. The company plans to create a minimum of 27 new jobs over 3 years, with the average wage of all new jobs created exceeding the County’s current average wage.

Pasta Piccinini, a part of Italy-based Gastronomia Piccinini Srl, was established in 1971 in Pasadena, California and manufactures a broad range of pasta products for private label brands: fresh filled specialty pasta, fully cooked pasta and frozen fresh pasta. The company’s origins date back nearly one hundred years from the unique recipes of the family’s grandmother in her small tavern in Muraglione, Italy. Pasta Piccinini’s products remain faithful to the traditions of that region, while also incorporating commitments to quality and sustainable energy.

The relocation involves the purchase of an existing facility in Newton and extensive renovations of the facility to food-grade production standards. The company’s current California facility is USDA certified, meets the safety, quality and operational criteria of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards, and is California Certified Organic, allowing the company to offer certified organic products.

Local incentives will be considered in future public hearings by the Catawba County Board of Commissioners and Newton City Council.In addition to the City of Newton and Catawba County, other key partners in the project include the N.C. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, Catawba County EDC, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Foundry Commercial and Maxis Advisors.