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Goya Foods to Double Manufacturing Operation West of Houston

Published Oct 14, 2020 by A.J. Mistretta

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Production line at Goya facility in Brookshire

Goya Foods Inc. is expanding its local plant that produces food the company distributes across the western U.S. 

Goya said this week it’s building an $80 million addition to its manufacturing and distribution facility in Brookshire, located in Waller County. The company said the 400,000-square-foot expansion, which includes freezer space and a high-speed processing line, will double its production capacity once completed in 2021.

The expansion will help Goya meet growing consumer demand, according to company officials.  
The Brookshire plant opened on a 130-acre farm in 2013 and underwent an initial expansion in 2017 that doubled its capacity. The company said the location provides access to a skilled workforce and railroad transportation and serves as a solid launch pad for global export. 

The I-10 corridor area of Waller County, just west of Katy, has become a center of manufacturing and distribution operations in recent years. Amazon opened a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in 2018 and Ross Stores plans to open a 2 million-square-foot distribution facility next year that will employ roughly 1,300 workers. Companies including Igloo and Rooms to Go already operate major distribution centers along the corridor. 

Learn more about the manufacturing sector in the Houston region. 

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