PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield's Zoning Board unanimously approved the application filed by Brooklyn-based Carts Foodservice Equipment company on Wednesday after being presented with the project details by the company’s owner and its representatives.
Carts, a family owned and operated business in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, NY, is a leader in the food services industry with over 25 years of experience.
Family owner Phil Nadler described the history of the business that began in the early 1970s, beginning with the manufacturing of hotdog carts; later production expanded to include customized stainless steel products for commercial kitchens.
The proposal calls for the rehabilitation of an existing vacant two-story warehouse located at 219-225 Central Ave., between Madison and Central avenues, in a mixed-use zoned area. The building will be used to accommodate the manufacturing of custom fabricated stainless steel products like chef counters, refrigerated counters, work tables and equipment stands for the food industry.
Architectural elements of the 17,700-square-foot project include a 14,000-square-foot first floor allocated for the main production facility along with a storage area, locker room and lunch facility. The second floor is reserved for administrative offices.
Site plans include proposed fencing, lighting, replacement of concrete curb and landscaping improvements. Aesthetic improvements will be made to the exterior of the building that are visible from the train tracks.
As a part of operations, stainless steel sheets will be delivered to the site to be customized according to order, and the end product will be shipped directly to the dealers, minimizing the traffic into the facility. Additionally, scrap waste is to be stored on site and removed every one to two months.
The current business employs 22 workers, specifically welders, polishers and engineers, and while there has been typically very little turnover, there will be immediate hiring needs. There will be opportunities to gain trade skills and contribute to the local labor force.
Nadler cited the many positive attributes of the site including its central location and accessibility to New York with the nearby train system, as well as the revitalization being experienced in Plainfield.
“We are coming in with a vision. We are excited to be here, and we are ready to hit the ground running,” Nadler said.