Food Companies on the Move
- Apr 30, 2015
Food companies seem to be making moves these days. Two East Coast-based food companies are seeking improvements through new digs.
Goya Foods has opened a state-of-the-art and sustainable corporate headquarters in Jersey City, N.J., as part of a $500 million global expansion, which will also see its nearby Secaucus facility transformed into a food production facility.
Located at 350 County Road in Jersey City, Goya’s new headquarters will house more than 600 employees.
Another East Coast-based food company, McCormick & Co., announced it is moving to a new headquarters in Hunt Valley, Md. The new property, located at 99 Shawan Road, will help consolidate more than 900 employees currently located across several buildings in Hunt Valley and Sparks.
The target date for occupancy is mid-2018. Before moving in, McCormick plans to refurbish the entire building and landscape to create an attractive indoor and outdoor campus for employees and visitors.
“The preferred site in Hunt Valley provides the right size structure to rebuild into a global headquarters that truly reflects the McCormick of the future,” Lori Robinson, McCormick’s vice president of corporate communications, told Commercial Property Executive. “The size of the property allows room for landscaping and other enhancements that will appeal to employees and potential employees. And very importantly, the location creates a minimal impact on the commute of our employees, which was an important factor in our search.”
Goya’s new center will consist of a 600,000-square-foot warehouse for distribution and 42,000-square-foot corporate office space in Jersey City as well as a renovated 240,000-square-foot production facility in Secaucus, totaling nearly 900,000 square feet on 58 acres of land.
Constructed to provide a net-zero carbon footprint, the Jersey City facility will be 100 percent powered by a solar energy system using 12,000 panels on 11 acres of rooftop. The system will fulfill the entire facility’s electrical needs without drawing any energy from the public grid.
“We are very excited to complete this stage of our strategic plan and to reap the overall benefits that it will provide,” Goya executive vice president Peter Unanue said in a company release. “We recognize the important role businesses play in leading the way for social and environmental change. Each new facility will enable us to operate more efficiently and environmentally friendly as well as support our growth for many more years to come.”
According to Robinson, McCormick has always been an employee-focused company, and its facility will also be environmentally friendly.
“The new structure will allow the opportunity for greater employee engagement and interaction that fosters a spirit of teamwork that is a key cultural element of McCormick,” she said. “We had hundreds of employees in several office buildings throughout Hunt Valley and Sparks. The new headquarters will provide better collaboration for those approximately 900 employees and allow for energy savings, as it will be LEED Gold certified.”