New Grand Ocean International, a Chinese-owned agribusiness based in Thailand, opened its newest and only North American facility in Omaha, Nebraska.
The family-owned company is a large wholesale distributor of beef, pork and chicken products, earning $40 to 45 million in annual sales. The company, which expects to rely heavily on Nebraska suppliers, will immediately hire two employees. Phase two plans call for construction of a processing plant with the potential for hiring 15 to 20 people.
“During my trade mission to China last year, I had the opportunity to speak with Chinese Vice Premier Wang about opportunities for greater value-added exports to China, fueled in part by foreign investments,” said Gov. Dave Heineman. “New Grand Ocean’s location in Nebraska helps with that effort. Asia’s growing population needs more food and value-added products, and it makes perfect sense for us to use our world-leading productivity to process more of those products here before shipping them abroad.”
“We truly hope to become a great bridge between Nebraska agriculture and Asia market. We also hope to establish a long stable and constructive partnership with local business. And we will try our best to give back to the community and create more job opportunities for Nebraska,” said the firm’s owner Qian Chen.
“The Chamber is committed to increasing global business in the Greater Omaha area. We have made significant efforts to promote bilateral trade and investment between Omaha and Asian nations. We welcome New Grand Ocean International to the Omaha business community,” said David Brown, Greater Omaha Chamber president and CEO.