MCALLEN, Texas – The City of McAllen, in partnership with the McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Texas Regional Bank, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the latest tenant at Sharyland Business Park – GR Fresh.
The produce company, based out of Torreón, Mexico, will be opening a 100,000-square-foot cold storage facility on a 20-acre lot at the industrial park.
Luis R. Webb, vice president of operations for GR Fresh, says this expansion will accommodate 150 trucks loading and unloading fresh produce a day, and have space for 6,000 pallets of cargo. The new location will also include 6,000 square feet of office space for about 130 employees.
Paul Moxley, CEO of Texas Regional Bank and chairman of the MEDC, presided over the ceremony, which included remarks from McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, GR Fresh CEO Miguel González, and Texas Regional Bank chairman Michael Scaief. As Mexico accounts for the majority of U.S. fresh produce imports, all were enthusiastic about the new development and the economic opportunities the facility will bring to the area.
“This project is more than just bricks and mortar,” said Scaief. “It is an important part of the greater effort to establish strategic investments that stimulate and support the economy and social developments of our region.”
González, who is also the son of GR Fresh founder Juan González Reyes, explained that when GR Fresh first began exporting to the U.S., they focused on distribution through Nogales, Arizona. In the ‘90s, they opened their current location at The Warehouse Kingdom on West Military Highway in McAllen. As the Rio Grande Valley surged in growth in recent years, the company looked to the region again for its expansion.
“It’s a new opportunity to do more business for both sides,” said González. “…The industry is growing, especially growing in the Valley.”
Scaief agreed, saying that Texas Regional Bank is working to partner with more companies like GR Fresh that are exploring the next phase for their business.
“This is huge for McAllen,” said Scaief. “And, I think we’ll see just more and more of them develop, and so I’m glad and very proud to be a part of it.”
Editor’s Note: Click here to read the prepared remarks of GR Fresh CEO, Miguel Angel González, and GR Fresh Vice President for Operations, Luis Webb.