BURRILLVILLE â€” Members of the Dukcevich family, owners of Daniele Inc., were joined Tuesday by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island Ecnomic Development Corporation Director Keith Stokes and local town officials for a groundbreaking of the company's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and addition in Mapleville.
Daniele, Inc. produces Italian-style specialty foods for U.S. and international markets. The company is best known for its cured meats such as salame, prosciutto and pancetta carried by high-end delis and supermarkets.
The family behind Daniele, Inc. has been in business for more than 60 years.
The company currently has three facilities in town â€” the Burrillville Commerce Park off Route 102 and in Pascoag. The new facility is an addition to the Commerce Park building at 1000 Daniele Drive in Mapleville.
The $50 million 300,000-square-foot facility nearly doubles Daniele's manufacturing space in Burrillville and is expected to create hundreds of jobs, both in construction and operations.
The new facility will have â€śgreenâ€ť features and will connect to the existing facility at the Burrillville Commerce Park, which will double production capabilities and make the process of dry-curing Italian meats and packaging more efficient.
The company's founder and chairman, Vlado Dukcevich, said the new facility represents a â€ścommitment to Rhode Island.â€ť
â€śRhode Island is our home,â€ť said Dukcevich. â€śWe are pleased to be able to expand here. This new factory will not only grow our footprint, it will give us the capacity to double our production.â€ť
Operating in Pascoag since 1976, Daniele manufactures prosciutto, mortadella, salame, sopressata, pancetta and other Italian specialty meats. Daniele's products are carried by grocery stores, delis and restaurants across the country and exported to Mexico, China, Canada, Korea, as well as other locations. Each year, Daniele produces over 23 million pounds of product and ships over 100 million packages of its Del Duca Prosciutto, sopressata, salame, pancetta, mortadella and capocollo.
Current estimates show the company with an annual revenue of $10 to 20 million and employs a staff of approximately 300.
â€śDaniele Foods is an outstanding, family-run Rhode Island company that makes a significant contribution to our stateâ€™s economy,â€ť said Gov. Chafee. â€śI am pleased that the state was able to work with the company to make the regulatory process easy and efficient, which is our goal for all Rhode Island businesses.â€ť
â€śThis expansion will not only increase the number of full-time jobs at Daniele, which already employs more than 300 people, it will fuel hundreds of jobs in our struggling construction industry,â€ť Chafee added. â€śDaniele Foods has a long and proud history, and I look forward to its continued success and growth right here in Rhode Island.â€ť