The new facility Reser’s Fine Foods wants to build in Hillsboro has an estimated valuation of $ 18 million, city planning documents show.
The food manufacturer announced last week that it would move work done at two Beaverton production and distribution facilities to a new plant in Hillsboro. The new building, expected to be completed by fall 2015, will be over 300,000 square feet – 35 percent more capacity than the two Beaverton facilities combined, the company said.
CIDA – Commercial Industrial Design Architecture, a Portland firm – is the Reser’s project manager. A document CIDA filed with the Hillsboro Planning Department says that “employment varies throughout the years, as do the shifts” at the new facility:
- During “high season,” estimates show, 175 employees will work each production shift, which last eight hours. The document does not specify how many shifts there will be during high season.
- During the “off season” of October to April, the plant will have two shifts of 150 employees each.
- A sanitation shift of approximately 33 people will work throughout the year.
- The parking lot will have 379 parking spaces.
Reser’s has also applied for up to five years of tax breaks at the new facility as part of the state’s enterprise zone program. The company could win property tax abatements on the new building – but not on the land – in exchange for increasing full-time, permanent employment by 10 percent. It is unclear if the job numbers on the planning document represent that 10 percent increase.
The Reser’s application for the enterprise zone has not yet been approved, and so the city would not release it.
The new building will be located on about 30 acres of land north of the Sunset Highway, on a lot north of Northwest Jacobson Road, south of Northwest Pubols Road and west of Northwest Century Boulevard. Reser’s had hoped to begin moving dirt this month, said Hillsboro urban planner Ruth Klein, but it could not move forward as fast as it wanted because its development review application still has not been approved.
Reser’s will move all of its manufacturing jobs from Beaverton to Hillsboro, though corporate headquarters will remain in Beaverton. The company employs 4,800 workers across 16 facilities in the United States and Mexico.
Traditionally a maker of prepared dips and salads, the business recently expanded into fresh fruit and vegetables. Reser’s is one of Oregon’s biggest privately held companies; in 2011, it pulled in nearly $ 1 billion in revenue.
Attempts to reach Reser’s for comment were unsuccessful.
— Luke Hammill