A mainstay in East Utica is planning a major expansion that could add up to 15 jobs.
Dino’s Sausage and Meat Co. received its approval from the city’s Planning Board for a 3,000 square-foot expansion.
In addition, the company received an area variance and a special-use permit from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
The company will knock down one wall and build onto an adjacent property it owns, said Manager Chris Houser.
“We’ve just been running out of available area,” he said. “We need more space. Just over the years, producing a quality product that there’s a demand for locally, it’s to the point where we need more space to accommodate that.
Dino’s was founded in 1967 by Anthony Ferrucci, who still owns the business.
“We started out small, we were on Mohawk and Elizabeth streets,” he said. “Then eventually it got too small down there so we decided to come down here (722 Catherine St.) and we’ve been here ever since 1974. We have great customers and we make a good product so that makes a big difference.”
The plan is to expand the company’s freezer space as well as its sausage processing room.
The room, which is roughly 20 feet by 20 feet, supports six employees, plus the raw sausage.
“We really need to increase space,” Houser said. “That’s our big issue.”
As a small, local meat processor, the company has to expand to survive, Houser said.
The expansion, the first since 1988, will nearly double the company’s workforce as it adds 10 to 15 jobs.
Houser said the expansion work should begin within 60 days and be complete sometime next summer. The business will remain open during the construction.