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.