Petaluma-based Amy’s Kitchen on Friday announced it is breaking ground on its first production facility and kitchen on the East Coast.
The company held a groundbreaking ceremony June 21 at the new facility, located in the town of Goshen, New York, about 60 miles north of Manhattan. Work began at that site in early 2017.
Final design work is still underway, and completion of the site will be phased with cooking of the first products, expected to begin in 2021, the company said in a press release. Amy’s is also working on completing the site preparatory work, with construction of the building expected to begin in the spring.
Amy’s said it anticipates its new operations in Goshen will create about 680 full-time jobs.
Xavier Unkovic, president of Amy’s Kitchen, said in the release that New York state is supporting the project by providing $6.8 million in performance-based incentives and a low-cost power allocation for the new facility.
“We are delighted to be in Goshen for the long-term and to contribute to the local economy, both through the jobs we provide, as well as by helping further develop the organic farming industry on the east coast of the U.S.,” Unkovic said in the announcement.
Current plans include an environmentally efficient facility — up to 389,000 square feet — that the company said it hopes will ultimately be LEED-certified, zero waste to landfill and run with renewable energy.
Meanwhile, Amy’s on July 23 will open a 1,600-square-foot restaurant in Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport. The SFO location marks Amy’s second restaurant and its first that isn’t also a drive-thru.
Amy’s also is building a 4,125-square-foot Amy’s Drive Thru in Corte Madera, projected to open in late March 2020, Dave Wolfgram, president, Amy’s Drive Thru, previously told the Business Journal.
Amy’s Kitchen made its first foray outside the supermarket aisles in 2015, when it opened Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park.
Andy and Rachel Berliner founded Amy’s Kitchen in 1987 with four employees; today it reports employing more than 2,400 people. Amy’s Kitchen makes more than 260 products — mostly organic — in the U.S., and continues to develop channels in over 23 international markets, according to the company. Its products are sold in retail outlets throughout the U.S. and abroad.