Fanfare marked not only the opening of Goya’s new facility — a state-of-the-art, 642,000-square-foot logistics space and headquarters — but of the iconic food company’s decision to stay and grow in the Garden State.
“We planted our roots in New Jersey in 1974, when this whole area was still swamplands and pig farms. We were one of the first businesses to come into the Meadowlands,” Goya President Bob Unanue said. “We believed then, and we believe now, that being in New Jersey allows us to continue to deliver the best possible service to our loyal consumers and customers throughout the region.”
Unanue said the event, which drew dignitaries such as Gov. Chris Christie and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop as well as numerous industry leaders, was “an historic day in Goya’s history and the culmination of a 10-year strategic plan.” The Hispanic-owned food giant has embarked on a $500 million global expansion at its facilities and products over the past decade, a plan that includes a $250 million investment in New Jersey alone.
That includes the project in Jersey City, which was built by Rockefeller Group, and more than $30 million in renovations at Goya’s 240,000-square-foot facility in Secaucus, its longtime headquarters before the company made the move about a mile away to the new facility. And Unanue said it meant the retention of more than 500 existing local jobs and the prospect of 100 new positions.