Mi Rancho Plans Elk Grove, California, Production Complex
According to city officials, company recently purchased the former Bimbo Bakeries property in Elk Grove for $8.1 million. The company plans to invest $25 million to retrofit the facility at 10115 Iron Rock Way to Safe Quality Food Institute standards, which are the most rigorous standards in the food production industry.
“Mi Rancho is a multi-generation family-owned and operated company with deep roots in California,” said Manuel Berber, Owner & President of Mi Rancho. “As my wife, Carol, and I work side by side with our two sons, Andrew and Alex, who will one day take over the business, we are very excited about the endless opportunities before Mi Rancho that will be realized due to their combined passion and hard work.”
“When we looked for possible locations for expansion, Elk Grove’s economic development team rolled out the red carpet for us. The city’s economic incentive programs, skilled labor force, and proximity to our San Leandro headquarters made the decision to expand our operations to Elk Grove easy,” he said.
Mi Rancho’s expansion plans include state-of-the-art food manufacturing operations to support its rapidly growing business, which has more than doubled in size since 2010. The building retrofit will also focus on automation, improved production capabilities, and an increased emphasis on employee education and training. Plans to increase its research and development department align with Mi Rancho’s position as innovators within the tortilla category, regularly introducing new organic and premium tortilla products for retail and food service customers nationally and internationally, city officials said.
The company plans to commence local operations within the next 90 days, and fully retrofit and occupy the building within 24 months. When fully operational, Mi Rancho will employ approximately 250 people in Elk Grove.
The City is currently evaluating an incentive package for Mi Rancho which, if approved by the Elk Grove City Council, will provide monetary incentives to the company in exchange for accelerated project delivery and hiring, future expansion, and bonus incentives for hiring Elk Grove residents.
“This is exactly the type of project that we had in mind when Region Business advocated for Permit Simplicity in 2015,” said Joshua Wood, Executive Director of Region Business. “Mi Rancho wants to get their Elk Grove operation up and running quickly, and Permit Simplicity will allow them to do that.”
“Food and agriculture is a key industry cluster for future growth,” Greater Sacramento Economic Council CEO Barry Broome said. “Greater Sacramento worked with Elk Grove over the last year to help guide Mi Rancho through the state incentive process.”
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