This summer Sun-Maid will move its corporate office to the southwest corner of Palm and Herndon avenues in Fresno. Photo via Google Earth

published on February 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Sun-Maid Growers — well known for its Kingsburg home, which features the world’s largest raisin box — will change things up this summer by moving its corporate operations to Fresno.

More than 100 employees spanning departments including marketing, sales, finance, customer service, human resources and IT, will make the move to 6795 N. Palm Ave., into the North Point Center building at the southwest corner of Palm and Herndon avenues.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Sun-Maid, as the raisin cooperative was founded in Fresno in 1912 and remained headquartered there until 1964, when it built its facility in Kingsburg, where production and product development functions will remain.

The move, according to a news release, will reinforce three key areas to help drive Sun-Maid’s transformation: “it will support the growing talent base, create a culture of creativity, collaboration and excellence, and build its innovation pipeline.”

“This move marks a monumental step in our progression in terms of talent, culture and innovation,” said Harry Overly, CEO and president of Sun-Maid since November 2017. “Everyone knows Sun-Maid’s iconic red box, and we all have special memories growing up with these raisins in tow. With an expanded headquarters and more poignant focus on creative ideas and products, we look forward to spurring even more of these moments, while continuing to offer natural, healthful options for parents and kids alike.”

To aid employees in the transition, individuals may elect flex schedules, remote access and work-from-home options.

Sun-Maid officials said its new Fresno headquarters “will feature a contemporary atmosphere to inspire creativity and teamwork.”

“We look forward to having all our professional cohorts working together, face to face,” Overly added.

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