In 1987, once its famous Italian meats have cured, Italy's largest meat-product manufacturer will beginning selling products made at its first U.S. plant, in Richmond.
Fiorucci Foods Inc. (USA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Salumificio Cesare Fiorucci, S.p.A. of Rome, has purchased 190 acres in Chesterfield County to build a "state-of-the-art" meat-processing facility.
The purchase was made possible by the Chesterfield County Industrial Development Authority, which issued a $9.5 million industrial revenue bond, bought by Sovran Bank of Richmond, to finance the new plant.
The construction of the plant is expected to be completed this year, but the company's products will not reach consumers until 1987 because of the lengthy curing process.
Company officials said that Fiorucci Foods initially will employ 100 people.
The president of the new facility, Claudio Colmignoli, described the plant's construction, processing controls and equipment as up to date, but he would not comment any further.
"Product recipes and production processes are closely guarded secrets deeply rooted in tradition," he said. Colmignoli is currently director and senior executive officer of Fiorucci's parent firm in Italy.
The Chesterfield site was chosen after an extensive search that took executives across the country, said Ferrucio Fiorucci, the parent company's president. Chesterfield County was chosen because of its proximity to eastern consumer markets and the easy availability of raw materials in Virginia. Virginia's favorable business climate also was an important factor in the firm's decision, Colmignoli said.
The Fiorucci family has owned Salumificio Cesare Fiorucci S.p.A. for almost a century. It is one of the largest manufacturers of Parma ham, salami and mortadella in the European Community, employing 2,000 people at seven plants across Italy. These plants distribute more than 400 meat products primarily in Italy, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The site-selection process was aided by several groups, including Joyner & Co. Realtors of Richmond; the Virginia Department of Economic Development; the Economic Development and Community Development departments of Chesterfield County and the Metropolitan Economic Development Council.
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