Pero Family Farms received approval this week from the Benton Charter Township Board of Trustees for a 10-year tax abatement on the improvements needed to add a fresh-cut vegetable processing operation to their existing cold storage and distribution facility. In addition to the $850,000 planned for the improvements, the company plans to invest approximately $2.7 million in new equipment for the processing lines. This project will retain the company’s current 50 employees and create approximately 74 new jobs within the next three years. Many of the jobs will also move from seasonal to full-time, year-round positions.
Pero Family Foods Company Chief Operating Officer Joe Powell and Greg Vaughn, VP Business Development for Cornerstone Alliance presented the project to the Township on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. According to Vaughn, the Benton Charter Township Board’s approval of the tax abatement is evidence of their strong support of local business growth and job creation. The abatement will reduce the future increase in taxes by 50 percent over 10 years.
The expansion project is expected to take 12 weeks to construct and equipment should be installed in the first quarter of 2016. The company’s existing site at 2130 Yore Avenue, in Benton Charter Township, was selected over sites in Pennsylvania and New York for this conversion.
Pero Family Farms Food Company is a sales, marketing and distribution group and part of the agricultural corporation headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida. The company is family-owned and was founded in 1908 with additional locations in Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee.