WORCESTER – Take about 11 acres of land, buy much of the property, tear down decrepit buildings, give new construction a tax break and then resell available parcels to developers.
That’s the recipe the city of Worcester followed with the South Worcester Industrial Park over close to two decades, a swath of land wedged between Canterbury Street and railroad tracks. The land was once home to metal and machine manufacturers, a foundry and an auto salvage business.
Today, the park is home to a pie maker and a manufacturing equipment seller. Soon, a modern manufacturing building for small businesses or startups will rise on another parcel. All of the parcels bought and cleared by the city have been sold or have deals in place.
Worcester, MA Greater Worcester leadership and community members joined Table Talk Pies president and owner Harry Kokkinis recently to celebrate the opening of Table Talk Pies’ new 50,000 s/f manufacturing facility.
Table Talk Pies, Inc. known for its signature 4-inch snack pies is expanding with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in the South Worcester Industrial Park (SWIP), which has been vacant for 20 years. The new impressive facility will allow the company to increases production capacity to create over 4 million 4-inch pies per week and will add over 50 jobs to its current 300 full-time and seasonal staff. Founded in 1924 by two Greek immigrants, the business has become one of the country’s leading pie companies with products sold in hundreds of supermarkets throughout the country. Since its start, the Worcester homegrown company has held a firm commitment to producing the highest quality pies while serving its local neighborhood.
Harry Kokkinis struggled to contain his emotions as he spoke about his family’s legacy during the ribbon cutting at the new Table Talk Pies factory.
After all, Kokkinis had witnessed his grandfather and father build Table Talk to be a snack pies powerhouse, only to see it go bankrupt in the hands of another owner in the 1984.
Kokkinis’ father, Christo Cocaine, ended up buying back the company a few years later and turned Table Talk Pies around. By focusing his efforts on making the 4-inch pies the star of the Table Talk product line, Cocaine began expanding the pie-company’s reach across the region and the nation.
This interview was conducted and edited by WBJ Staff Writer Zachary Comeau.
Table Talk Pies, a nearly century-old pie manufacturer located on Washington Street, is opening a third location on Southgate Street in the South Worcester Industrial Park later this month. The 50,000-square-foot facility will allow for the production of four million snack pies per week. More than 50 jobs will be added in addition to the 300 full-time and seasonal employees at the company’s current 150,000-square-foot Washington Street location and another location in Shrewsbury. Harry Kokkinis, president of Table Talk Pies, sat down with the Worcester Business Journal to answer questions about the company’s long history in Worcester and the company’s exciting future.
What was the motive behind building the new facility?
Our rationale for the new facility started with the realization of the growth we have experienced in our business over the last several years. We have been fortunate to have our sales almost double within the last six years. We saw there was a need to expand.
WORCESTER – When Harry Kokkinis cuts the ceremonial ribbon Thursday, signaling the opening of Table Talk Pies’ new state-of-the art plant on Southgate Street, he will be thinking of his father and grandfather.
“One of my biggest regrets is that they’re not here to see this,” Mr. Kokkinis, 65, the third-generation to run the company, said. “They worked so hard to build this company. To see the culmination of building a new plant solidifying the future of the company, I wish they could be here.”
A nearly century-old Worcester company is expanding with the opening of a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the South Worcester Industrial Park. Table Talk Pies, Inc., known for its four-inch snack pies in operation since 1924, is opening its new facility on Sept. 28. Construction on the facility began last October.
Following his grandfather’s footsteps, Harry Kokkinis is expanding the famous Table Talk Pies in his family’s native Worcester with a new production facility nearing completion in the South Worcester Industrial Park…