Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., announced plans to expand its U.S. logistics network by setting up a distribution center at the site of the former AstroPower building, currently owned by Christina School District, in New Castle, Del. The $22 million project would create approximately 30 jobs.

“We’re excited to commence our operation in the state of Delaware and tap into the workforce of the most populous county in the state with close proximity to the University of Delaware,” says Paul Rice, senior vice president, N.A. operations. “Delaware is not only an ideal location for our company to further develop our robust Northeastern operations, but will also give us the ability to provide jobs and growth to the surrounding community.”

The new 178,000-square-foot distribution center in Pencader Industrial Park will add a key distribution point in the company’s North America network. The state-of-the-art facility will feature an extensive infrastructure for the cutting and production of fresh fruit, vegetables and other food products. When completed, it will boast a fresh cut fruit, protein salad and commissary production area, banana and avocado ripening rooms, refrigerated and dry warehouse space, loading docks and office space.