Family-Owned Onofrio’s to Remain and Grow in New Haven While MGM Carting Moves Their Business to the City
City of New Haven Assists in Retaining and Attracting Two Businesses on Forbes Avenue and Wheeler Street
(New Haven, CT) Today, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Economic Development Administrator Kelly Murphy toured Onofrio’s Fresh Cut and Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods with the company’s owners to celebrate their recent acquisition of the property at 192-222 Forbes Avenue and 35 Wheeler Street. Also on hand was Pete Mastriano, Sr., owner of MGM Carting and Recycling Corporation, a new business to the building and to New Haven.
Through the efforts of the City’s Economic Development Administration, Onofrio’s was able stay in the City and purchase the building they have leased for over a decade. Onofrio’s is a fourth generation family-owned business that was founded 80 years ago by Angelo Onofrio with his brothers Vincent, Anthony and Eddie Onofrio; Eddie’s son Richard Onofrio and Richard’s daughters Rebecca (Onofrio) Avery, Stefania Onofrio and her son, Angelo Onofrio. The business originally opened as Onofrio's Market and was located on Ferry Street for 22 years and then on Lombard Street for 46 years. In 2004, the business moved to its current Forbes Avenue/Wheeler Street location and expanded into two companies: Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods and Onofrio’s Fresh Cut.
“The Onofrio family and their market are New Haven institutions and I’m proud we were able to work together and keep them and the jobs they provide where they belong – in New Haven,” stated New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This building reflects the diversity of New Haven’s economy and job base. Right here in this neighborhood we’re growing manufacturing and food production jobs.”
Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods LLC and Fresh Cut Inc has manufactured and packaged private label sauces and case-ready fruits, vegetables and meats. They have become an industry leader in their respective fields.
Onofrio’s currently has 100 employees and plans to add significantly more positions over the next two years. Since purchasing the building, they have worked with the City to attract a new business, MGM Carting and Recycling Corporation, to the building bringing six more jobs to New Haven. In addition, the site still has more leasable space available for commercial businesses and street-front retail.
The City’s Small Contractor Development Program helped MGM Carting and Recycling Corporation, which had previously been located in West Haven, find a suitable location in New Haven. The company recycles materials from demolished buildings and sells some of the items at its retail store.
“This is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when the public and private sectors work together towards a common goal,” stated Kelly Murphy. “Thanks to the hard work of all involved, the Onofrio family is poised to continue to deliver quality food products to the nation for years to come. Additionally, MGM Carting is now part of the New Haven business community where they can continue to grow as New Haven grows.
“We applaud the Mayor’s vision and the City’s support,” said Richard Onofrio, Vice President of Onofrio’s Fresh Cut and Onofrio’s Ultimate Foods “Because of their efforts, we will remain in New Haven and we look forward to working with the City in the future.”