After 94 years in its headquarters on the east side of Escondido, Calif., Henry Avocado Corp. is moving about 7 miles across town to a spacious west side location.
The two-story, 50,000-square-foot headquarters facility, which includes a packinghouse and distribution center, is located in an industrial center and is close to two major thoroughfares — the Interstate 15 Freeway, which runs north and south, and State Route 78, which runs east and west, said president Phil Henry.
“It’s a great location,” he said.
The new building is 20% larger than the old one and features the latest processing, refrigeration and forced-air ripening elements in the industry, he said.
The site consolidates the administrative and processing machinery and personnel that were in several buildings at the old location, he said.
It includes 6,000 square feet of office space, 20 forced-air ripening rooms and five loading docks.
It also has a modern cold storage facility and a large yard for tractor trailers, Henry said.
The move started in late summer and is expected to be completed by April 1.
The company continues to operate a second 29,000-square-foot cold storage facility in Escondido.
Henry Avocado can ship 2 million cartons of avocados from the two facilities annually, he said.
The original Escondido facility will be demolished to make room for a housing development, but the firm will continue to farm in the upper elevations “well into the future,” Henry said.
“It’s a very productive grove,” he said.
The company, a year-round avocado grower-shipper, operates seven Primus Labs-certified distribution centers throughout the U.S. with a total of 100 ripening rooms.