Rauner renders ribbon-cutting for Sun Basket
A company that creates and delivers meal kits featuring organic ingredients has expanded its southern Illinois distribution center, with Gov. Bruce Rauner marking the occasion at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Sun Basket's new distribution center is located underground in a cave called Rock City, according to a state press release. The site retrofitted especially for the company capitalizes on the naturally cool environment, saving energy costs in alignment with its mission of sustainability.
“This is a great example of a quality company investing in the natural assets, talented workforce and geographic advantage that Illinois provides,” Rauner said in the release
Also in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) officials.
“We are thrilled to have this great company expanding in Valmeyer," Illinois Department of Commerce Director Sean McCarthy said, acknowledging the company's ability to leverage location and distribution network opportunities.
Investing in the opportunity to capture the market, Sun Basket currently employs almost 400 individuals, with a vast majority being Illinois residents. Employees not only enjoy cultural engagement programs, continuing education and training, but also glean surplus goodies from farmers markets every week.
“With the launch of this new facility, we now have the ability to support over $1 billion in revenue and build the pre-eminent nationwide healthy meal kit service in the U.S.,” Sun Basket CEO and co-founder Adam Zbar said.
Sun Basket also gives back to the community, donating food to local pantries.