The two-decade-old Tacoma company S&J Food Distributors is continuing to grow with new, sizable expansions in the region.
According to a press release, the company recently invested $2.85 million to expand two separate facilities in Tacoma and Lakewood. The facilities house a meat-processing plant, distribution, and spice packaging.
“The expansion will increase S&J’s manufacturing capacity and distribution capability to keep pace with continued growth,” the release stated, adding that up to 15 new jobs will be added to the region.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) helped with funding and provided a $12,500 grant to the company. The money was used specifically to hire a food safety scientist that would make sure the new facilities kept up with food production standards.
“We love their story; they started out supplying meats to taco trucks and usually minority-owned vendors that are underserved in the business community,” said Linda Womack, director of the MBDA, in the press release. “This project was a dream collaboration.”
The Tacoma and Lakewood expansions aren’t the only S&J projects on the horizon: according to the release, the company is looking to site an additional facility within the next year.
“It has been a roller coaster for us, for our suppliers, for our customers,” said S&J general manager Agung Soetamin in the press release. “We are grateful for the support.”