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Green Chef, an organic meal kit subscription service, is looking to build a distribution center in Fresno.

published on June 12, 2017 - 9:39 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

A Colorado-based organic food delivery service has its sights set on Fresno for a distribution center that could eventually employ 356 people with an average full-time salary of $30,000.

Green Chef Corp., a subscription meal kit service founded in 2014 that specializes in organically-sourced food, is up for a $2.5 million California Competes tax credit with plans to invest $17.2 million in a Fresno delivery hub, according to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz).

According to Green Chef’s application, the tax credit would bolster plans to build the distribution center by 2021 and eventually create at least 356 full-time positions with a minimum annual salary of $30,000. Green Chef officials have not responded to interview requests.

Green Chef is one of 11 Central Valley businesses in the running for California Competes tax credit, which are expected to be approved at a meeting in Sacramento June 15.

Added together, the companies plan to create 541 Central Valley jobs in the next four years.

Other area companies up for tax credit awards this round include:

— Actagro LLC, a fertilizer maker in Biola adding 24 jobs

— IF Holding II LLC of Sanger and Fresno, an organic food professor with 31 new jobs

— Clovis-based CenCal Solar adding 10 jobs

— Fresno construction firm M.J. Avila adding 4 jobs

— The Calgren ethanol plant in Pixley adding 12 jobs

— Fresno’s Dockstader and Dockstader, Inc., an auto collision repair facility adding 37 jobs

— Steel manufacturer Tom Malloy adding 39 jobs at three locations that include Fresno.

— DD’s Bakery, maker and distributor of sandwich bread, adding 13 jobs in Fresno

— KDR Pet Treats of Fresno, maker of Plato Pet Treats, adding six jobs

— Excelsior Metals, a Fresno metal building design and fabrication firm, adding nine jobs

The California Competes tax credit has proven to be a tasty incentive for large-scale distribution centers. Cosmetics retailer Ulta Beauty received an $8 million state tax credit in September 2016 for a Fresno distribution that could employ up to 1,000. Ulta officially announced those plans in March, with an opening anticipated in a year.

California Competes has scheduled a series of workshops throughout the state to help business owners apply for the next round of funding. The online application can be accessed starting July 24. For more information visit business.ca.gov/Programs/CaliforniaCompetesTaxCredit.

A workshop is scheduled to be held at the Fresno Pacific University Visalia Campus on June 29 starting at 10 a.m. Another will be held July 7 at Fresno City Hall at 1:30 p.m.


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