On yet another hot and humid summer day in Central Florida, the Poinciana Industrial and Office Park was bustling with activity. Yesterday marked the grand opening of the brand new, top-of-the-line manufacturing facility where Easy Foods Inc. will produce corn and flour tortillas as well as numerous other snack products.
Easy Foods – being the largest family owned tortilla manufacturing company in Florida, has outgrown their Miami roots and looked to expand their operations by considering locations in Maryland, North Carolina and Georgia before selecting Osceola County.
“We wanted to keep calling Florida our home,” said William Isaias, president of Easy Foods. “This building in Kissimmee is rail-served which is very helpful – it helps our transportation of raw materials become more efficient.”
The 97,000-square-foot, $14 million manufacturing plant is a state-of-the-art facility with research and development capabilities that enhance the production of the company’s products. The company currently employs 150 people and plans to hire an additional 75 people over the next three years with above average wages bringing the total number of employees to 225.
“Here we a have a new company, Easy Foods, that’s bringing more jobs to our community but most importantly coming to the community and making it their home,” said Commissioner Peggy Choudhry, whose district is home to the facility.
Several county commissioners as well as representatives from Orlando Economic Partnership, Enterprise Florida, Duke Energy and Toho Water – all partners that were involved the efforts to assist Easy Foods in its site selection and provided services that allowed the company to ramp up construction and operations quickly – were present for the ribbon cutting of the new production center.
“We are super excited to welcome Easy Foods here to Osceola County,” said Commissioner Viviana Janer. “This is super important because it’s building our food-related cluster of businesses here.”
Construction on Easy Foods’ new production and packaging plant began in 2016. The family-owned business first began production in 2005.
“We welcome Easy Foods to the Orlando region,” said Orlando Economic Partnership President and CEO Tim Giuliani. “This grand opening highlights a growing trend in our region as more companies are choosing to develop and manufacture products here, creating high-value jobs that support the overall prosperity of our community.”