Five Star Gourmet Foods of Florida, a California-based pre-prepared food manufacturing operation, announced plans to invest approximately $10 million in Collier County and create at least 250 production-related job opportunities for Collier County citizens.
The Collier County Board of Collier County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously welcomed the company and approved Five Star as the first applicant to the County’s Basic Industry Growth Incentive Program as an inducement for the project.
Five Star officials, planning for the expansion of its national specialty food manufacturing operation to the Eastern Seaboard from the West Coast have determined Collier County and Florida are best suited for the firm’s long term success. The project, located at 3600 Shaw Blvd. in Naples, will represent about $4 million in new capital investment and about $6 million for the acquisition of an existing 65,000 square foot facility in Collier County. The business friendly climate and quality life style available in Florida and Collier County are among the factors identified as keys to the decision by company officials.
“Five Star is excited to open for business in Collier County. This is a beautiful state-of-the-art facility that will allow us expand our distribution of healthy fresh and frozen foods along the East Coast. There is a great workforce here, and our partnership with local and county leaders has been wonderful,” said Tal Shoshan, Chief Executive Officer for Five Star Gourmet Foods.
The incentive is part of the Collier County Basic Industry Growth Promotion Incentive Program, which was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in September 2013 and provides a $3,000 grant and $500 green bonus paid over four years for each new job with wages equal to or greater than the Collier average of the applicant’s particular North American Industry Classification System industry code.
“Collier County has a rich history in its legacy industry of agribusiness. Within Opportunity Naples, the blueprint for Collier County’s economic future, the pairing of an innovation and legacy business makes for a vibrant attractor for Five Star Gourmet Foods and its new Eastern U.S. location,” said Julie Schmelzle, chairman of the board for Opportunity Naples. “The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and its subsidiary Opportunity Naples are excited for the future of our community.”
Five Star must meet all Collier County program requirements, including compliance of reporting wages and job creation levels, to remain eligible for the grant.
“We are thrilled that Five Star Gourmet Foods has chosen Collier County to expand its operations,” said Board of County Commissioners Chairman Tim Nance. “This project will bring quality jobs in an industry very much aligned with our agricultural food production tradition in Collier County and one that will continue to be important for our economic development.”
For more information about employment with Five Star, please contact (239) 280-2050, extension 2050. For information on the County’s incentive program, contact Bruce Register at (239) 252-8990.