Local Bakery Continues to Grow in Long Island
April 10, 2007 – by Hanna Aronovich, Food And Drink Magazine
Uncle Wally’s Completes Expansion and Expects to Create 30 New Jobs
Empire State Development Chairman/Downstate Patrick Foye today announced that Uncle Wally’s, a gourmet and wholesale muffin company, has completed a 16,000 square foot expansion of the company’s manufacturing operations, in the Shirley (Suffolk County) facility. Additionally, Uncle Wally’s expects to install a new production line and increase freezer space as part of its investment.
“Empire State Development is proud to support success stories, like Uncle Wally’s,” said Chairman Foye. “The company’s continued investment in Long Island is a shining example of what businesses can achieve in New York.”
Uncle Wally’s produces a broad selection of gourmet and home-style muffins, which are sold in more than 10,000 stores nationwide. The completed 16,000 square foot expansion, the additional freezer space and the installation of Uncle Wally’s new production line will help the company increase annual sales by enhancing production output, reducing costs and Uncle Wally’s expects to add 30 new jobs to their existing full-time work force of within two years.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said, “Over the years, Suffolk County has worked to find successful and creative ways to accommodate business growth. For example, we devised the first ever rental of sewage credits that allowed Uncle Wally’s to expand while a necessary treatment facility was completed, and we were also able to maintain our environmental standards.”
Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Brian Foley said, “We are pleased and excited that Uncle Wally’s has been so successful with its location in Brookhaven town. Their expansion will herald a new era for their business, as well as for our township. And it proves the point that Long Island and Brookhaven are good for business, and that Brookhaven’s Empire Zone is a crucial element in creating a business friendly environment.”
Uncle Wally’s CEO Lou Avignone said, “Uncle Wally’s appreciates the partnership with Empire State Development, the County and the Town of Brookhaven. This vital grant will help us expand our manufacturing capabilities here in Long Island while remaining competitive on a national scale.”
Empire State Development’s Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) encourages New York State businesses employing 50 to 1,000 workers to retain manufacturing jobs by investing in projects that will significantly increase the productivity and competitiveness of their operations.