A $4 million subsidized loan from the state is planned to help fund expansion at Carla’s Pasta, a South Windsor food manufacturer.
The loan will be converted to a grant if hiring targets are met.
Carla’s Pasta has 147 employees, 115 in Connecticut, and the company is in the process of hiring 98 workers as it builds a 27,000-square-foot addition to its factory and buys packaging and pasta-making machines. The company makes both pasta and sauces for commercial clients and for retail sale.
The company is investing $26 million in the project. The addition is expected to open in a month
The state, through the Department of Economic and Community Development, is offering the loan at 2 percent interest over 10 years. The State Bond Commission will have to approve the borrowing before the loan can be issued, and will consider it March 13.
Carla’s is using Kelly Services to recruit machine operators and packers, and is also hiring a shipping and receiving supervisor, a quality control manager, a machine mechanic and a controls engineer.
Sergio Squatrito, vice president of operations, said the company has had a hard time finding the last 10 machine operators and packers it needs for the first wave of expansion, and so it’s using Kelly Services to help it recruit.
The company will hire the employees directly, not as temp-to-hire, and plans to pay approximately $10 an hour for packers, and $14 an hour for machine operators who don’t have experience on the specific equipment Carla’s uses.
“If somebody has had extensive experience on packaging machines, that would go up,” he said.
“Carla’s Pasta is a great example of how Connecticut’s many economic development programs and services can help businesses expand and create jobs,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy in an announcement Tuesday. “I visited Carla’s Pasta just a few months ago to highlight the innovative steps they took to increase energy efficiency and reduce consumption. Working as a partner with our business community, we can make sure that Connecticut businesses can do what we need them to do — create good paying jobs with good benefits for our residents.”
Squatrito said, “The governor and all of his people at the DECD have been absolutely wonderful to our company. We really appreciate how they help manufacturers stay in the state and stay competitive.”
The company was founded in 1987 by Carla Squatrito.