Print
More News

ACME Plans More Space For Growing Workforce

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Aug 17, 2018
ACME Smoked Fish has hired 40 employees, bringing the company's employee count to more than 200 people in Wilmington. (File photo)
New York-based ACME Smoked Fish is looking at additional hires and a possible footprint expansion project in 2019.

ACME could add about 7,000 square feet of space to its original building for employee areas, including break rooms, bathrooms, uniform rooms and service areas, said Felipe Espinosa, director of manufacturing at ACME.
 
The company processes specialty food products with its primary product being cold smoked salmon.

Espinosa said that because of an increase in its workforce, the company needs more space for its employees.

The company recently hired 40 employees this year in relation to an expansion of its production. On July 31, ACME began running its sixth slicing and packaging line at the facility, an investment that was about $500,000 for machinery, equipment and installation, he said.

The company also recently began a second shift at the facility to run one of its lines.

Espinosa said the main portion of the new hires was because of the addition of the second shift.

ACME’s production was at 4.6 million pounds of packaged fish in 2016, 5.8 million pounds in 2017, and this year, Espinosa said the company estimates production will rise to 7.4 million pounds of finished goods with the added shift and a rise in demand.

“The demand is increasing, and I think we have a great product as well,” he said.

Next year, ACME is planning to add a sixth smoke oven and bring in “other equipment associated with that … to increase our capacity,” he said.

“I think 2019 is going to be significant growth as well. We have to work on the number, but I anticipate the number to be around 15 to 20 additional jobs,” Espinosa said of the employee base needed for the company with the additional operations.

And those additions could come with an increase in its footprint at ACME’s 20-acre site inside the Pender Commerce Park off U.S. 421.

ACME is planning to build on the front side of its building, he said. “It's being discussed. But we are very advanced. We are contacting companies to get quotes and estimates on that,” Espinosa said.

Additionally, there are talks of expanding the facility’s cold storage for raw material, he said. An evaluation is also being conducted to look into some of the other available spaces in the area, including the cold storage facility at the Port of Wilmington.

Story On The Map

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Michaelhiggins 41019104338

Oleander Memorial Gardens Offers New Final Family Resting Places

Michael Higgins - Dignity Memorial
Chris coudriet

County Zoning Gets Full Revamp After 50 Years

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government
Billhunter300x300 b&w

Planning Your Marketing for Seasonality

Bill Hunter - Wilmington Design Company

Trending News

More Retail Tenants Announced For RiverLights In Wilmington

Cece Nunn - Jul 22, 2019

Proclaim Interactive Acquires Raleigh Marketing Agency

Johanna Cano - Jul 22, 2019

In The Current Issue

From Catering To Dining In

A local couple's new restaurant, Savor Southern Kitchen, is expanding of their catering company's success....


Report: Airbnb, Hotels Don't Exactly Compete

While alternative lodging offered through Airbnb is gaining in popularity – and availability – travel officials say it’s not necessarily hur...


Info Junkie: Logan Thompson

Welcome Home Angel executive director Logan Thompson shares her top tech and informational tools....

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

Power Breakfast - The H Word (June 13, 2019)
2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Health Care Heroes 2018