By Dave O'Connor
NORTH EAST, Pa.- Nowinski Pierogies sample packages are in the hands of some 100 prospective customers in three states according to Rachelle McFeely, president of parent Rae Foods, who was interviewed at her home Sunday.
The little pies were produced in Nowinski's soon to be shuttered New Castle, Pa. facility as a prelude to relocating the brand to Westfield. "It went very well," McFeely said. She had disclosed in early August that a test run of "enhanced" recipe pierogies would be produced in New Castle before moving production machinery to Westfield.
Wholesalers and other potential buyers in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania were sent sample packs Aug. 27, and 28, she said.
Meanwhile, work at Rae's 75 Bourne St. location continues. "It's really coming along," she commented. A new loading dock is in place; there are new floors and new commercial freezing and refrigeration equipment is set to be installed by Friday, according to McFeely.
Asked if Rae's business plan is on schedule she replied, "Yes." McFeely described the various contractors involved as "hard working" and "phenomenal."
During a previous interview McFeely revealed the company expected to hire about 15 part-time workers who will gradually be made full time if demand increases as planned. "People have sought us out (for jobs)," she said. Aaron Resnick, director Westfield development corporation, is helping with processing applications for employment, she added.
"We're hoping four to five weeks," McFeely replied when asked about inaugural production in Westfield. (An earlier report incorrectly spelled Rachelle as Raechelle.)