Sunkist Growers to move headquarters - The Packer

Sunkist Growers to move headquarters

09/13/2013 12:26:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Sunkist Growers -- which along with its sister cooperative, Fruit Growers Supply Co., had for years called Sherman Oaks home -- will be moving to Valencia.

In August, the 120-year-old cooperative acquired an office building in the Santa Clarita Valley, much closer to major citrus production areas, according to a Sept. 11 article in the Santa Clarita Signal.

The cooperative had been searching for a new location for at least 2 1/2 years.

The co-op’s former headquarters building off of Highway 101, along with the 8.5 acres on which it sits, was sold to Sherman Oaks-based private equity firm, IMT Capital, in February, according to a March 30 Los Angeles Daily News article. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

IMT Capital plans to incorporate the building into a much larger mixed-use redevelopment project, according to the article.

Sunkist built the striking three-story building in 1971.

No move date has been scheduled, Joan Wickham, mananager of advertising and public relations, wrote in an email.

In the meantime, the co-op will configure and build out the interior space of the 100,000-square-foot building oin Valencia. As part of the sales agreement on the Sherman Oaks property, Sunkist leased its current space for 30 months to allow time for renovation.

Sunkist decided to make the move after reassessing office space needs and as part of efforts to focus attention and resources on its core business of marketing our growers’ fruit, Wickham said.

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So.Ca.  |  November, 13, 2013 at 02:15 PM

Sad to hear that the move is happening, I worked for Sunkist from 1971 to 1978 at the International Headquarters in Sherman Oaks and we literally filled the building. It was a wonderful time and everyone was like family, or was family, as I had a Aunt who also worked there. In fact she was Roy Utkes (pres. at the time) admin. asst. In my entire lifetime, I have never had any job I enjoyed as much!!! Oh, the stories I could tell.

January, 21, 2014 at 05:57 PM

I also worked at Sunkist in Sherman oaks 1972 - 1974 best place I ever worked loved The employee cafeteria I left there in 1974 Because I was pregnant with my first child In those days you didn't work up to the day You delivered. I live in Santa Clarita now And would love to work for Sunkist again Is your name we might have crossed Paths!

January, 21, 2014 at 06:02 PM

I meant to say what is your name and that We might have crossed paths. I remember Mr. McGill he was in HR such a nice man And Louie the he use to bring us OJ in Sunkist cups such great memories!

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