StarKist Co. will invest $3.6 million to relocate its corporate and administrative headquarters operations from Pittsburgh to Fairfax County, Virginia.
Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project, which will create 83 new jobs.
“At StarKist we are committed to growing our business in Virginia,” said Andrew Choe, president and CEO. “We expect to have more than 80 employees working from our new Reston headquarters starting in April 2022, and look forward to becoming active members of the Fairfax County business community.”
An industry innovator, StarKist Co. was the first brand to introduce single-serve pouch products, which include tuna, salmon and chicken creations. StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist’s brand icon, Charlie the Tuna, was introduced in 1961. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dongwon Industries Co. Ltd.
“I want to thank and congratulate StarKist for choosing to base its operations in Fairfax County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay. “The county has invested heavily to make this a great place to locate a business, to work and to live, and I am delighted that StarKist will be able to join the Fairfax County business community and take advantage of what we offer.”
The FCEDA promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains business investment offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore/Mumbai, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv.
“We would like to thank Gov. [Ralph] Northam and the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority for their ongoing support throughout this process,” Choe said. “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.”