Lobby of FirstWave

Building Up-fit Grant Helps Food Equipment Manufacturer

FirstWave is a company located in Raleigh that provides shared food processing equipment and support to small specialty and start-up food producers.

What They Do
What makes them appealing to food producers is that their equipment provides the capability to produce small batches of sustainable food products rather than large quantities that are often required by large food processing companies. The space and equipment can be rented for a day at a time.

How Grant Helped
FirstWave applied for a Building Up-fit Grant in FY20 to assist with the cost to increase the capabilities of their facilities, which include a new training space for food safety training courses. Michael Druga, President and CEO, stated that FirstWave keeps entrepreneurs top of mind and the company will be rolling out a course on food production 101.

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