Chiquita relocating headquarters to Charlotte, N.C.

Charlotte ObserverNovember 29, 2011 

Chiquita Brands International will move its global headquarters to Charlotte, lured by $22.7 million in state and local incentives.

The company is set to bring 417 jobs to the city. It wasn't immediately known how many will be employees who relocate from Cincinnati, Ohio, where Chiquita currently employs about 400 people. The jobs will have an average salary of $96,121, according to a state incentives package, and must be in Charlotte by 2014.

In addition to the headquarters, the company will also have a research and development facility in Mecklenburg County, at a site still to be determined.

The incentives package includes $20.2 million from the state and $2.5 million from Mecklenburg and the city of Charlotte.

The state's Economic Investment Committee voted to approve the incentives early Tuesday. A Department of Commerce spokesman said the move is "a done deal."

Read the complete story at

McClatchy Washington Bureau is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service