05 Jul 2021

Avocado facility coming to the city as cold storage businesses expand locally

July 5, Laredo Morning Times Business Journal by Jorge A. Vela. Already known as the No. 1 land port in the country, the Gateway City is also expanding to become a major player in other transportation businesses such as the cold storage industry. A big step in that direction was the announcement of a deal with California-based company West Pak Avocado, Inc. which will invest nearly $18 million locally.

“West Pak is a topnotch avocado company that will be investing nearly $18 million in our community and hiring 140 employees with good pay, great benefits and career advancement opportunities, and they have proven to be excellent corporate citizens wherever they operate,” Laredo Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Gene Lindgren said.

Lindgren said West Pak reached out to them looking for somewhere to start a new facility. West Pak was referred to the organization by a member of the Laredo EDC after learning theywere considering a major expansion of their operations on the border. “Our initial conversations were very positive right from the very beginning, and the West Pak team was impressed with our community’s receptiveness, unity, transparency and overall positive business-friendly atmosphere,” Lindgren said.
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