Blue Seal kielbasa is back in time for Easter; business deemed an essential service
CHICOPEE — A water main break couldn't stop Chicopee Provision, and neither is COVID-19.
The longtime maker of Blue Seal kielbasa and Table-Ready meats is back in production at its Sitarz Avenue site; as a food production site, the business is considered an essential service by the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Its products will be showing up in stores soon, just in time for Easter, with family, celebrations and Polish traditions.
On Sept. 26, the production facility's water main ruptured, which halted production and destroyed finished kielbasa and other meats, supplies and specialized machinery. This effectively stopped the flow to market of Blue Seal kielbasa, hot dogs and other Table-Ready meats and specialties for the past several months.
The company made several repairs and modifications to the site, and it received final approvals to open and begin making kielbasa once again, according to a statement from the company.
"Chicopee Provision would like to thank Chicopee Mayor Vieau, Building Commissioner Carl Dietz, Fire Chief Daniel Stamborski, the USDA and their respective staff for the help and support through this trying time getting the facility back up and running,"the company said in a the statement. "[We] would also like to especially thank all of [the] dedicated customers and employees who have shown tremendous support and so many good wishes."
The repairs and relaunch come as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Chicopee Provision Inc. began in 1920 when Stanley Sitarz, his brother Jacob, and a colleague named Bartlomiej Partyka joined together to make Polish-style kielbasa and Table Ready meats and specialties. Blue Seal Kielbasa boasts a "special taste and flavor that's easy to love and difficult to forget."
Other Blue Seal products include both fresh and cooked kielbasa, hot and sweet sausage patties, blood sausage, frankfurters, hot dogs and bologna. Chicopee Provision is also the main distributor for Domins Horseradish, another local staple.
The company is located at 19 Sitarz Ave., and can be reached at 413-594-4765 or https://bluesealkielbasa.com/.
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