Meat producer Deli Star to move from Illinois to St. Louis, bring 475 jobs

Deli Star announced Tuesday it will open its new headquarters in St. Louis, bringing 475 jobs and almost $100 million in capital investment to the city. The company, founded in 1987, produces lunch meat and plant-based proteins for the food service industry.

Deli Star will renovate a 110,000-square-foot facility in downtown St. Louis to produce food like lunch meat, sauces and protein salads.

In January, a fire burned down Deli Star’s previous production plant, about 35 miles from downtown St. Louis in Fayetteville, Illinois. That forced the company to search for a new location. Deli Star explored multiple locations for its new headquarters before deciding on St. Louis.

“After conducting a thorough search across multiple states, we are thrilled to call Missouri Deli Star’s new home,” Justin Siegel, CEO of Deli Star, said in a press release.

The announcement comes after the company opened its new research and development kitchen in downtown St. Louis this spring. The Food Discovery Center is located a few miles east from the new headquarters at City Foundry STL.

Construction will begin at the facility this summer, with plans to begin production in early 2022.

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