Irvine, California-based foodservice provider Golden State Foods broke ground this week on its new 200,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility in Burleson. The facility will bring 150 jobs to the area.
Located in Burleson’s HighPoint Business Park, the facility will manufacture liquid products such as sauces, condiments, and toppings. The $7 billion company services more than 125,000 fast food restaurants and stores on five continents from its 50 locations. This will be Golden State’s third liquid products facility in the U.S. and its sixth globally.
John Maguire, Golden State Foods vice president of liquid products North America, cites Burleson’s central geography and assistance of city and county officials as reasons for the new facility’s location. “There’s a good work force, a lot of population growth in that area—which is one of the fastest growing counties in the state. All those were contributing factors in choosing Burleson.”
The plant, estimated to exceed $70 million, will also receive a $900,000 Texas Enterprise Fund grant to Golden State contingent upon the company investing more than $19 million and creating 150 new jobs within Texas. Maguire predicts a growth rate that will quickly meet those requirements.
“Initially, we will start off with less than 100 people, but then rapidly grow to at least 150,” Maguire says. “ We’re very eager to get started building the plant and start doing business.”
The facility is projected to open around September of 2019.