New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program executives and staff joined Pennsauken-based pastry maker Puratos Corp. to celebrating the company investing $500,000 to upgrade a production line to allow its employees to be more efficient in making glazes.
NJMEP President John Kennedy, NJMEP director of marketing Peter Okun, and NJMEP Marketing Outreach Coordinator Michael Womack issued a plaque to Puratos on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the new production line. Puratos held a ribbon cutting and gave a tour of the facility to showcase its employees in scientific roles, quality control roles, and other food-service roles.
Puratos Corp. CEO Daniel Malcorps said the company is investing in the environment. Malcorps pledged the company is committed to being carbon neutral by 2035.
“If we want to be successful worldwide, we have to seduce the American consumers,” Malcorps said. “And we want to be very local in the U.S.”
The Puratos Corp. employs nearly 10,000 people around the world, Malcorps said, and the United States of America is the largest market in the world for bakeries, patisseries and chocolates.
Puratos invested money to improve equipment that makes glazes, but it is also in the business of making sourdough, fillings, cream fillings and icing.
Puratos Corp. Vice President of U.S. Operations Lisa Grenier said the company refurbished space within the facility and refurbished the manufacturing line. “We brought the line and the space to enhance quality conditions,” Grenier said. The space includes better lighting, she said.
Puratos’ Pennsauken location employs about 200 people.