ONEIDA — All Seasonings Ingredients, Inc., will be able to obtain machinery and equipment as part of an effort to expand operations, with help from a $162,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Program award.
Also, the 1043 Freedom Drive company plans to add 11 more employees over two years, after expanding from 12 employees to 60 during the past 10 years.
The efforts are geared to meet the increasing demand for ASI’s spices, herbs, nuts, seeds, baking supplies and flavorful blends, according to New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), which announced the grant award.
“What started as an idea to supply small and mid-sized food service distributors with private label spices and ingredients has become a classic business success story,” said HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas. As small businesses grow, she observed, “so do the communities around them. This grant is an investment in All Seasonings Ingredients and the future of the city of Oneida – signs that Central New York is rising.”
The city requested the $162,000 CDBG award to assist with machinery and equipment purchases at ASI’s Oneida Business Park site as part of the company’s $429,000 project to reduce order-fulfillment response time and enhance its custom blending and labeling operations, said HCR.
The CDBG Economic Development program provides grants to eligible municipalities for economic development activities that create or retain jobs for low- and moderate-income workers. The program’s goal is to fund projects resulting in high quality, full-time jobs that provide competitive wages, benefits and training to low- and moderate-income persons.
Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke said the city “applied for this grant to enable an excellent corporate citizen to once again expand its operations. This award will allow All Seasonings Ingredients to meet its increasing product demand, create additional job opportunities and improve our local economy.” He added the state “has been a willing partner in moving our local businesses forward. Every new job that is created improves the lives of citizens in our community, and we are grateful for that.”
All Seasonings Chief Executive Officer Brendan Farnach said “our dedicated employees and management team from Oneida and Central New York have been key elements of our continuing growth and expanding market. We are grateful for the governor’s support of the economic development award as it will enable us to both provide high-quality seasonings to more clients, and to hire more people to meet the demand.”
ASI offers ingredients, spices, custom blends, and overall solutions for the food service and manufacturing industries. It ships worldwide from its facility, offering ingredients in a variety of packaging from small to large to accommodate customers’ needs.
By storing its spices and ingredients on-site, the company said, it is able to oversee and control the manufacturing process. Its warehouse is climate-controlled “to guarantee that you are the receiving the finest, freshest spices and ingredients from around the world,” said ASI. The company also cited its “reputation for leading the industry in quick turnaround time,” adding that its in-house quality control department “allows us to rapidly select, prepare, blend (if necessary), package and ship,” saving customers time and money.
HCR said the funding announcement for the company complements the “Central NY Rising” regional program that includes a blueprint to generate economic growth and community development. HCR said the state has invested more than $4.7 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy.