StarKist will be moving its corporate headquarters from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. to the U.S. state of Virginia in 2022.
The company, which has been based out of 225 North Shore Drive in Pittsburgh for the past 10 years, will be closing its office there by 31 March, 2022, and moving to the Washington D.C. metro area, according to a company statement. In a statement sent to SeafoodSource, StarKist said it would retain some jobs in the Pittsburgh area.
StarKist was founded in California but moved its headquarters to Pittsburgh after it was purchased by H.J. Heinz in 1963. It was sold to Del Monte Foods in 2002, and was bought by South Korean conglomerate Dongwon Industries in 2008.
Asked whether the move is a cost-saving measure, or whether it's related to a USD 100 million (EUR 90.3 million) fine levied for its guilty plea in a federal investigation into price-fixing in the canned tuna market between 2011 and 2013, which the company said could force it into bankruptcy, StarKist Senior Manager of Corporate Affairs said the company had "no additional comments at this time."
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