Gov. Chris Christie and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop were among hundreds of attendees at Goya’s ribbon cutting ceremony for their new $127 million corporate headquarters earlier today.Â
The new corporate headquarters, which is also a 660,000-square-foot facility, broke ground in 2012 and will now renovate their 240,000-square-foot Secaucus building to strictly handily production.
Goya spokesman Rafel Toro led off the event, recognizing all the attendees as members of â€œLa Gran Familia Goya.â€
Goya Executive Vice President Peter Unanue revealed that the company will be donating 25,000 pounds of food between five local food pantries as a way to give back to Hudson County.
His brother, Bob Unanue – the president of Goya – said that the company made it to this point through hard work, stating that he feels like their success is just beginning.
He also thanked Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli â€œfor being such good friend and supporterâ€ of Goya.
Although Goya has faced some criticism for receiving $82 million in tax credits for the next decadeÂ (per NJTV), with Jersey City also approving an $8 million tax abatement that will span the next 20 years (h/t Jersey City Independent), Christie said the â€œcultural strengthâ€ Goya brings to our state â€œis impossible to place a dollar value on.â€
Furthermore, Fulop said that having the largest Latino food processor in the country headquartered in Jersey City speaks to the cityâ€™s history.