WHEATFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) – Over the decades, Original Pizza Logs have become a Western New York snack sensation, and now the company is moving forward with plans to expand in Niagara County.
The family that owns the company joined with local leaders Tuesday morning to break ground on a new 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art factory in the Niagara County-operated Vantage Point Industrial Park. The new Original Pizza Logs plant will be basically the final piece needed to fill that park.
“Western New York is a great place to be. We don’t want to be anywhere else. This is the place to grow and I’m from here and the business is going to stay here,” said the company’s owner, Jason Cordova.
The groundbreaking Tuesday was a big milestone for the Original Pizza Logs company, which was started by Cordova’s father in the back of a Niagara Falls convenience store decades ago. Since then, it has grown into a national brand that’s available in shops, restaurants, and big sports arenas across the country.
Cordova told News 4 now is the time to expand the company into a new facility, ending the long-term lease on the company’s current facility on Niagara Falls Blvd. and moving into a permanent local building of their own.
“What a great day for Pizza Logs. It’s a momentous day and it’s a dream come true and I wish my father could have seen it today,” Cordova said after the groundbreaking ceremony. “It’s the right time, we’re at a critical point. We need to grow.”
The new plant is a $3.1 million dollar private investment made possible with the help of several local and state agencies.
After it opens around Thanksgiving 2016, it should create 30 more full time jobs over the next three years.
Cordova says the expansion into the new facility will also allow the company to launch new product lines, although he was tight lipped about what the new products will be.
He said only that the new products had been beta tested and called them “fantastic”, but when pressed for any hints about the details, he simply replied, “Stay tuned.”