To satisfy a growing consumer hunger for roast beef, corned beef, pastrami and other deli products, Saval Foods Corp. plans to expand its plant in Baltimore, a move that will double production capacity and mean more jobs, the president and CEO said Tuesday.
"Our customer base is growing," said Paul Saval, whose company plans a $3 million expansion of the Pulaski Highway plant that is expected to be operating by May.
The addition of 3,300 square feet for new cooking and cooling equipment is expected to double the 30,000-square-foot plant's capacity from 200,000 to 400,000 pounds a week, although Saval said he does not expect to be operating to that capacity right away.
As part of the project, the company is seeking a $350,000 loan from the city, which will be considered by the Baltimore Board of Estimates at its meeting on Wednesday.
The processing plant — which Saval bought last year after leasing since 1999 — has been at capacity for a while, Saval said. He said 90 people work there now and he expects the addition will mean more hiring, but he could not say how many more jobs.
The plant is part of one of three operations run by Saval Foods, founded in Baltimore in 1932. They are Deli Brands of America, which provides meat products to supermarkets, restaurants and food distributors around the country; Saval Food Service, an Elkridge-based food distributor serving restaurants; and Eats Press, a web-based restaurant marketing business.