Maid-Rite Specialty Foods plant to add 75 New Jobs with $21 Million Expansion


Dunmore, Lackawanna County, PA - Nearly two years after a fire ravaged its Scott Twp. production facility, Maid-Rite Specialty Foods Inc. received grant funding to expand operations.

The company, operating in Lackawanna County for six decades, will add 75 jobs over the next three years using about $600,000 in state money, Gov. Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday.

Maid-Rite will also retain its 301 existing employees as part of the $40 million expansion of the Dunmore location. Maid-Rite, owned by Premium Brands, manufactures ready-to-eat meals.

The Department of Community and Economic Development awarded Maid-Rite a $451,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant that includes a $150,000 WEDnetPA workforce development grant to train new workers and upgrade the skills of current employees.

Brent Vernon, executive director of the Governor’s Action Team, said the investment shows the administration remains committed to attracting, retaining and growing businesses in Pennsylvania.

“The Commonwealth is open for business and we’re going to be a leader in innovation, economic development and job creation,” he said.

Maid-Rite recently began the expansion’s first phase, converting warehouse space for food production. The second phase will include the construction of additional cold storage space.

The fire in 2021 damaged the company’s Scott Twp. processing facility. The company retained its Scott Twp. employees at the Dunmore location.

“This expansion will double our cooking capacity and make us whole plus an additional 25% from our pre-fire production capacity,” said Michael Bernstein, president of Maid-Rite.

Maid-Rite’s manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facilities in Northeast Pennsylvania serve more than 50 million people within 300 miles of its Dunmore headquarters.

“Through its 63 years of existence, Maid-Rite has provided a place of employment and primary source of income for hundreds, if not thousands, of Pennsylvania individuals and families,” Bernstein said.

Kurt Sorensen, director of operations for Maid-Rite in Dunmore, noted the company plans to evolve with technological advances as part of the expansion.

“We’re looking to do some automation, introducing some robots into the processing and packaging of the product,” he said.

Bruce Reddock, director of economic development for the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, said the investment in Maid-Rite will provide a boost to the region.

“This is a legacy company that SLIBCO (Scranton Lackawanna Industrial Building Company) had worked with from day one,” he said. “To not only grow their production but create quality jobs here in Lackawanna County is important to changing the economic climate and the perspective of our region. We want to be more focused on food production, advanced manufacturing, and other industries that are going to create jobs that are critical to being able to establish family life in Northeast Pennsylvania.”