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StarKist Plans Move Into New Reston Headquarters In April 2022

Patch logo Patch 6/10/2021 Mark Hand
a house that has a sign on the side of a building: Virginia successfully competed with Maryland to attract StarKist Co., whose move to Reston will create 83 new jobs, the office of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday. © Shutterstock Virginia successfully competed with Maryland to attract StarKist Co., whose move to Reston will create 83 new jobs, the office of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday.

RESTON, VA — StarKist Co., the world's largest supplier of canned and packaged tuna, is moving its headquarters from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Reston, the company announced Thursday.

The company will invest $3.6 million to relocate its corporate and administrative headquarters to the Fairfax County location in spring 2022. The company will occupy about 24,000 square feet at 1875 Explorer Street in Reston.

Virginia successfully competed with Maryland to attract StarKist, whose move to Reston will create 83 new jobs, the office of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Thursday.

“Virginia is home to a diverse ecosystem of more than 800 corporate headquarters representing a broad cross-section of industries,” Northam said in a statement. “We are thrilled to welcome StarKist Co. to Fairfax County, which consistently attracts top talent and is well-connected to key customer markets and major metro areas throughout the United States and beyond.”

StarKist was founded in California in 1917. The company was sold to Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. in 1963. StarKist was acquired in 2002 by Del Monte Foods and was purchased by Dongwon Industries Co. Ltd. of South Korea in 2008.

StarKist was the first brand to introduce single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations, Salmon Creations and Chicken Creations. StarKist’s brand icon, Charlie the Tuna, was created in 1961.

“StarKist is proud to make Reston, Virginia our official global headquarters starting in April 2022,” Andrew Choe, president and CEO of StarKist, said in a statement. “We would like to thank Gov. 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 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.

Commercial real estate firm K&L Gates and West, Lane & Schlager is assisting StarKist with its move to Fairfax County.

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