CASSELTON, N.D. — Abbiamo Pasta Company is expected to double its capacity and add 26 new jobs as a part of its third expansion since its establishment in 2013.

According to a news release from the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Abbiamo is spending $5.2 million to expand its current footprint by 94,400 square feet.

The expansion will include a third production line, which will entail a $5 million installation of machinery including robots, packaging equipment, silos and a pasta line.

A GFMEDC study expects the expansion will add 26 direct jobs and 76 overall new jobs to the region, translating to $3.9 million in new payroll.

In November of 2020, the Cass County Commission unanimously signed off on a ten-year payment in lieu of taxes property tax break which is valued at $68,000 per year. Kory Johnson, the plant manager for Abbiamo, claimed via news release that the expansion would not be possible without the tax break.

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Ryan Aasheim, the chief business development officer for the GFMEDC, said via news release the funds will be "recouped by the region through increased payroll, additional sales taxes generated and new market opportunities for the local agriculture sector."

"Additionally, incentives like these allow Abbiamo to redirect critical resources back into the company to hire new employees and invest in specialized equipment," Aasheim continued.

Currently, Abbiamo is able to produce 55 million pounds of pasta per year. The additional pasta line will add 60 million pounds of pasta production per year. The firm employs 42 full-time employees and uses North Dakota-grown ingredients to manufacture pastas which are sold across the United States.