Corbett Announces Philadelphia-Based Food Manufacturer Dietz & Watson to
Expand and Create a New ‘Food Campus’ in Tacony
Action Team, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Industrial
Development Corporation and Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon partner
with Dietz & Watson to make expansion possible
Harrisburg – Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom
Corbett today joined with Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter to announce that
Dietz & Watson, a Philadelphia-based, fourth generation family-owned food
manufacturer, will nearly double its footprint in the Tacony section of
Philadelphia, creating 158 new jobs in Pennsylvania and is committed to
retaining its current 691 Philadelphia-based employees.
new food campus will allow Dietz & Watson to prepare hundreds of products
in Tacony and distribute those delicacies to customers across the country – all
from the same location that has served as its headquarters for more than half
of its 75 years in business.
administration is working every day to partner with businesses to secure job
creating projects that result in new investment in our communities and new jobs
for our residents,” said Corbett. “We’re proud to partner with family-owned
companies such as Dietz & Watson that are growing and thriving in
thank the Governor’s Action Team, Mayor Nutter, City Councilman Bobby Henon and
the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation for their dedication to
ensure Dietz & Watson, a brand that is synonymous with Philadelphia, will
remain a staple of this community for years to come.”
Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined Gov. Corbett in celebrating the expansion of
this iconic Philadelphia business.
are very excited that Dietz & Watson has chosen to expand and reinvest in
Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter. “Today’s announcement is just the
latest in a string of great wins for Philadelphia as we help companies to
start, stay and grow in our city. Thank you to all of the partners
involved and to the entire Dietz & Watson family who were a pleasure to
work with throughout this process.”
& Watson, a national producer and distributor of deli meats and cheeses, in
conjunction with Black Bear Distribution, will invest more than $50 million to
create its new Tacony food campus by constructing a 200,000-square-foot
distribution center, enhancing its corporate headquarters and manufacturing
facility and building a new fleet-maintenance facility. A state-of-the-art
conveyer system will efficiently transfer food from its kitchens directly to
new storage facilities, eliminating more than 200 weekly truck trips over the
Delaware River, reducing congestion and pollution.
expansion will add approximately 20 acres to their existing 22 acres along the
North Delaware waterfront and has been facilitated through the efforts to
orchestrate a 73-acre land assemblage from properties owned by the
Commonwealth, the City and the private owner of the adjacent former Frankford
Arsenal. Of this new assemblage, 20 acres will be acquired by Dietz and Watson
for their expansion; 23 acres will support the Commonwealth's boat launch,
expanded public riverfront trails and open space; and the remaining 30 acres
will be available for future commercial and industrial development.
& Watson will add 48 manufacturing, sales and administrative jobs and Black
Bear Distribution, LLC (Black Bear), an affiliated logistics firm established
by Dietz & Watson, will relocate 110 jobs from Delanco, New Jersey, in the
wake of a devastating fire in September 2013 that destroyed the company’s
national distribution center.
“This is a
tremendous opportunity for our family-owned company to grow in the city and
state that has supported us for 75 years,” said Louis Eni, President & CEO
of Dietz & Watson and grandson of founder Gottlieb Dietz. “We had our eye
on this property nearly 10 years ago, when we first began plans to build a
large distribution center, but it wasn’t available at the time. The people of
Delanco, New Jersey, welcomed us and for that we will forever be grateful. The
fire was a tragedy and the resulting clean up impacted a lot of our neighbors.
We thank them for their patience and support. Our family thought long and hard
about the decision to leave New Jersey. But in the end, we believe it’s the
right decision for our employees, our customers and for the future of our
of the entire Dietz & Watson family I want to thank Gov. Corbett, Mayor
Nutter, Councilman Bobby Henon and all those behind the scenes who worked
creatively to make this campus we have dreamed of for years a reality. We are
so proud to call Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley our home."
& Watson received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and
Economic Development including a $2,000,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and a $125,000
Guaranteed Free Training grant which will be used for skills training for both
new and incumbent employees.
company is also eligible to apply for a $5 million loan from the Machinery and
Equipment Loan Fund, a $2.25 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial
Development Authority and $5 million in Redevelopment Capital Assistance
Program funds. The company has accepted the funding proposal, but must still
apply for the funds and agree to the terms prior to award receipt.
project was a collaborative effort between the Governor’s Action Team, an
experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to
the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or
expanding in Pennsylvania, PIDC, the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and
the Office of Philadelphia City Councilman, Bobby Henon.
effort to capitalize on the nationwide manufacturing renaissance starts with
the long-abandoned industrial parcels in our own backyard,” said Councilman
Bobby Henon. “By attracting the right businesses for these spaces we can
make Philadelphia a manufacturing center once again. Dietz and Watson is
the perfect fit for Tacony. I’m thankful for everyone involved and their
focus on bringing family-sustaining jobs back to our neighborhoods.”
thrilled to be able to help Dietz & Watson, a venerable hometown family
business, continue to grow here in Philadelphia,” said John Grady, President of
PIDC. “For nearly 60 years, PIDC has been a go-to resource for business
growth and development in Philadelphia. This partnership with the Eni
family and City and State officials has resulted in a transaction that will
support Dietz and Watson’s physical expansion and new employment in Tacony,
make new land available for additional manufacturing and industrial investment
and extend waterfront recreation along the banks of the Delaware River, a win
all around for the City, the Commonwealth, local residents and the business
Dietz founded the company in 1939, setting out to produce the tastiest deli
meats in the Philadelphia area. Today, Dietz & Watson is one of the largest
preparers of premium deli meats and artisan cheeses, offering more than 520
products at the finest supermarkets and neighborhood delis throughout the U.S
and the world. After 75 years, Dietz & Watson is still a family owned
and operated business, now in its fourth generation.
more information on Dietz & Watson visit www.dietzandwatson.com.
In 2012, Gov. Corbett
launched JOBS1st PA as a comprehensive roadmap to economic recovery that
harnessed the state’s resources and talents to prioritize private-sector job
creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania's unemployment rate stands at a
five-year low and jobs have been growing on a consistent basis for nearly four
For more information
about Gov. Corbett’s commitment to job creation, visit www.pa.gov.
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Kratz, DCED; 717-783-1132
McDonald, City of Philadelphia; 215-686-6210
Aaron, Dietz & Watson; 717-554-8614