Thursday, April 30 2015
Goya President Bob Unanue, Goya Executive VP Peter Unanue, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, & Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil To Celebrate at Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting
Jersey City, NJ -- Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, opens new state of the art and sustainable corporate headquarters in New Jersey as part of a $500 million global expansion over the past 10 years. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at 350 County Road in Jersey City. In honor of the opening, Goya will donate 20,000 pounds of food to five local food pantries, funds to The Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City to help construct a playground, and institute an annual $20,000 scholarship to The Hudson County Schools of Technology-County Prep High School Culinary Program.
Goya’s new center features 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. “This marks the largest expansion in Goya’s history,” says Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. “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.”
Constructed to provide a net zero carbon foot print, the Jersey City facility will be 100% powered by a solar powered 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. This translates into the ability to generate enough energy to power 30,000 homes on an annual basis. “We are very excited to complete this stage of our strategic plan and to reap the overall benefits that it will provide,” says Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President of Goya Foods. “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.”