Project Highlight: Barilla America

“We sought a location that felt like a home away from home,” said Barilla America President Kirk Trofholz. “Parma, Italy has been our home for almost 125 years, ever since Pietro Barilla opened his small pasta and bread shop. We were looking for a community that would provide the same hometown feel as Parma, as well as the right mix of benefits. We found all of that in Avon.”

About the Company: Formed in 1877 by Pietro Barilla, Barilla is number one in the pasta market in Italy, USA, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Australia and Sweden. The first U.S. Facility was built in Ames, Iowa in 1999, and in 2007, Barilla America opened its second pasta making and distribution facility in the US in Avon, NY. For more information visit

About the project: The facility began construction in 2006 in the Livingston Industrial Complex in Avon, NY on a 49 acre parcel. The pasta plant and related raw material storage building cover an area of approximately 310,000 square feet. Barilla has brought over 130 jobs to Livingston County. The Livingston County IDA provided assistance in the form of a payment in lieu of tax agreement, sales tax exemption, and mortgage recording exemption.

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