Mann Packing, Salinas, Calif., broke ground on a new processing facility in Gonzales, Calif.

The 130,000-square-foot expansion project boasts a convenient location and zoned industrial area, with additional land base to accommodate future expansions. The facility will employ 250 people. 

As a result, 65% of the company’s manufacturing volume will relocate from Salinas to the Gonzales facility. The Salinas plant will continue to process fresh-cut vegetables, but will mainly serve as the company’s central warehouse, cooling and shipping facility.

Construction of the facility is targeted for completion in early 2018, with production beginning in spring. The facility was designed with the goal of achieving electric sustainability, and will utilize a windmill turbine to supply energy for heating and cooling.

“We are proud to announce our new home in Gonzales and excited to be part of this thriving business community,” says Lorri Koster, chairman and CEO. “This project represents the beginning of a partnership and a culmination of years of planning to create a facility, which will serve as an anchor for the company’s fresh processing needs.”