Construction complete on new sandwich plant

HAVERHILL, MASS. — Construction on Monogram Foods’ 135,000-square-foot facility in Haverhill, Mass., has been completed by design-build construction company, Dacon Corp.

“This facility is created to fulfill increased demand by our valued customers across the country,” said Karl Schledwitz, chief executive officer of Monogram. “Dacon has been an excellent and innovative partner from start to finish. We are proud of this project and proud to be part of the Haverhill community.”

The new facility —Monogram’s fourth in Massachusetts — is dedicated to pre-assembled sandwich manufacturing. It features a freezer, cold storage, cool dock, dry goods storage, production and offices, as well as an ammonia refrigeration system. More than 350 jobs will be created from the operation.

Monogram’s portfolio includes 10 meat snack brands spanning hot dogs, sausages, beef jerky and bacon, along with one licensed line, Butterball.

Monogram, Dacon and developer Paradigm Properties highlighted a new sustainability program in conjunction with the project’s completion. The company partnered with Dacon and Paradigm to support Groundwork Lawrence, a nonprofit focused on sustainability, fresh food access, education and employment initiatives to cities north of Boston. Through the new $20,000 “Growing Community” program, 40 participants will receive a cooking and nutrition class, along with $100 in Market Basket gift cards and $100 in Groundwork Farmer’s Market gift cards to cook the recipes learned for their families. In addition, 525 plants will be purchased for Groundwork’s 12 community gardens and a stipend provided to winterize the greenhouse.

“Groundwork Lawrence creates building blocks for community through its programs in civic, environmentalism and healthy food initiatives,” said Heather McMann, executive director of Groundwork Lawrence. “By providing current food support and longer-term garden sustainability, the Growing Community program addresses several needs. We appreciate the thoughtfulness and generosity that Monogram, Paradigm and Dacon extended in creating this comprehensive program.” 

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