(April 17, 2018) Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam traveled to Rosslyn yesterday to announce that Gerber, a leading early-childhood nutrition company, will move its U.S. headquarters to 1812 North Moore. Gerber is a brand of Nestle, which it will join at Monday Properties' trophy-class building.
According to a press release published by Arlington County, Nestle will invest $5 million to relocate Gerber from Florham Park, New Jersey. Gerber will occupy 23,392 square feet of office space, creating a total of 150 new jobs. Gerber comes to Arlington County on the heels of Nestle, a global health and nutrition company that announced plans to relocate from their former U.S. headquarters in Glendale, Calif., in February 2017. It is unusual for a global brand of Nestle's stature to pick up and move its headquarters cross-country, so their decision to relocate here was seen as a tremendous victory for Arlington County and the state of Virginia. The arrival of Gerber is yet another exciting development in the Nestle story.
Nestle USA Chairman and CEO Steve Presley spoke at Monday's event, touting the many benefits of living and working in Arlington County.
"Nestle's recipe for success is really about our people," he said. "We have rebuilt our family here and have had tremendous access to talent. There's also a great family-like feel here. The schools are fantastic and there is a real ability for people to integrate into the community. This means a lot to our company."
Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber, also gave Northern Virginia high marks and expressed enthusiasm about the move.
“Closer proximity to Nestle USA’s new headquarters in Arlington will provide efficiencies that will be reinvested in our people, products and production to fuel growth,” Partyka said. “Northern Virginia also offers a great quality of life for our employees and provides access to strong talent for our current and future needs.”
Rosslyn BID President Mary-Claire Burick said Gerber's announcement showed that the global business community recognizes the value of being in a neighborhood that offers amenities like public transportation, great schools and a vibrant urban core. However, she echoed Presley's and Partyka's sentiments that these deals are really about people.
"We are excited to work with Gerber to connect their current and future employees with the thousands of other businesses and residents in Rosslyn, and make sure they feel at home here,” she said.
For details of Gerber's relocation plans and the implications for Arlington County, read more on the Arlington County website.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Gerber!
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