"We considered other parts of New Jersey, as well as in New York and Rockland County," Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods, tells Site Selection.
"New Jersey provides a fertile location for our business to thrive.
It is centrally located and provides easy access to our customers in the tri-state area."
adds that "being in New Jersey provides access to a talented and dedicated workforce.
It is a central location that provides opportunity to work for people throughout the tri-state area who can fulfill positions in a variety of areas of expertise including IT, sales, production, warehouse, trucking, etc."
The largest expansion in Goya's history, the Jersey City headquarters facility is part of a $250-million expansion in New Jersey, which includes additional facility investments in Secaucus and Pedricktown.
The new headquarters in Jersey City includes a 600,000-sq.-ft. (55,740-sq.-m.) warehouse and a 42,000-sq.-ft. (3,900-sq.-m.) corporate office space, retaining 500 existing jobs and creating 100 new positions.
"It is the culmination of almost 80 years of hard work and part of a 10-year strategic plan, designed to reach new consumers and strengthen the Goya
brand worldwide," Unanue
says of the HQ, which will be 100-percent powered by solar energy.