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StarKist Relocates-Plans Reston, Virginia, Headquarters

StarKist Co., a leading seafood and chicken producer, will invest $3.6 million to relocate its corporate and administrative headquarters operations from Pittsburgh to Fairfax County, Virginia. The project is expected to create 83 new jobs.

The company will occupy approximately 24,000 square feet at 1875 Explorer Street in Reston.

“StarKist is proud to make Reston, Virginia our official global headquarters starting in April 2022,” said Andrew Choe, President and CEO of StarKist Co. “We would like to thank Governor Northam and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority for their ongoing support throughout this process. I believe the move to Virginia will provide an outstanding work environment for our employees, as well as an opportunity to expand the StarKist business in the years ahead.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) worked with the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia and will support StarKist’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, which provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs in order to support employee recruitment and training activities. As a business incentive supporting economic development, VJIP reduces the human resource costs of new and expanding companies. VJIP is state-funded, demonstrating Virginia’s commitment to enhancing job opportunities for citizens.

“Adding StarKist Co. to our roster of corporate headquarters is a wonderful testament to the Commonwealth’s ability to provide a world-class workforce, reliable infrastructure, and much sought after quality of life,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball. “StarKist will be a great addition to the many global brands that call Fairfax County home.”

Founded in 1917, StarKist Co. was the first brand to introduce single-serve pouch products. StarKist’s charismatic brand icon, Charlie the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Dongwon Industries Co., Ltd.

“I am so pleased to thank StarKist for choosing Fairfax County for its new headquarters,” said Victor Hoskins, President and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “This is a testament to the growing attractiveness of Northern Virginia to a wide variety of industry sectors and companies that know we have the assets and talent base to succeed here.”

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