On Tuesday morning, California-based Flagship Food Group announced that Albuquerque will be its new headquarters for manufacturing and food distribution, bringing 300 jobs to the area. The company said it intends to hire 125 people immediately.
Company CEO Rob Holland told Business First that the former Albuquerque Tortilla Co. site will be used “for everything that we do.”
The company makes several sauces, including those manufactured under the 505 Southwestern brand. It has several facilities.
Holland said the facility will be the company's U.S. headquarters for all food distribution and that “505 Southwestern is our connection to New Mexico. This facility will be used for everything that we do.”
The announcement was made by Governor Susana Martinez, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and representatives from Albuquerque Economic Development Inc.
“The state, the county, the city, have come together in a very cohesive way to roll out the red carpet — well, maybe in New Mexico it’s a yellow and red carpet. But it’s not just the incentives, it’s the culture and the spirit of the people. It’s kind of a willingness to get things done,” Holland said. “When we went for our first tour of the facility, there were nine people there from all agencies willing to help us. That’s how you get things done.”