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Roma of Springfield plans expansion

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Richmond, Va.-based Performance Food Group announced March 29 it is expanding its local distribution facility, Roma of Springfield.

The project will expand its current 80,000-square-foot facility, located at 4551 W. Maple St., to 115,000 square feet. The plans call for roughly $5.2 million in capital investment in the area, according to a Springfield Chamber of Commerce news release.

The general contractor is Georgia-based Primus Builders, said Fred Dallas, Roma of Springfield president. Crews started work about three months ago, and completion is slated for mid-July.

Dallas said Roma of Springfield qualified for a number of local and state tax incentives, including:
  • $501,000 in Enterprise Zone local tax abatement;
  • $246,415 in Enterprise Zone state tax credits;
  • $58,500 in state employee recruitment assistance; and
  • $20,000 from a customized training grant.
Dallas said moving to a new site was considered during expansion discussions.

"As large as the organization is, we knew we had to do something expansion-wise here," he said. "Once they evaluated the marketplace and saw the incentives ... that definitely didn't hurt."

Dallas added that Roma of Springfield is planning to take full advantage of the tax incentives, which total $825,915.

It is estimated that 50 new jobs will be added during the next five years, in addition to the more than 100 employees already working at the facility. Wages for the new jobs will be higher than the Greene County average of $33,924 and include a comprehensive benefits package, the release said.

“PFG has made a significant commitment to Springfield and certainly its expansion is indicative of the fact that Springfield is a great place for businesses to grow," Tom Babik, president of Springfield Business Development Corp., the economic development arm of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, said in the release.

Springfield Mayor Jim O'Neal echoed similar sentiment.

“The city of Springfield is excited to hear the news of this expansion,” he said in the release. “This is another example of a company taking advantage of Springfield’s prime distribution location in the nation.”

Roma of Springfield serves more than 1,500 customers throughout a nine-state area, including pizzerias, Italian and Mexican restaurants, and regional chains.[[In-content Ad]]

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