Mi Rancho to Expand in Elk Grove

Press Release

Press Release - Mi Rancho, Bay Area Based Premium Tortilla Brand, to Expand in Elk Grove

Posted: 07/19/2018

City leads attraction effort with assistance of Greater Sacramento and Region Business
City issues same day building permit with Permit Simplicity program

Mi Rancho LogoMi Rancho, one of California’s foremost makers of premium and organic tortillas, has purchased property in Elk Grove as part of its operational expansion. The 80 year old, family owned and operated food company has its headquarters in San Leandro, California. The company plans to commence local operations within the next 90 days, and fully retrofit and occupy the building within 24 months. When fully operational, Mi Rancho will employ approximately 250 people in Elk Grove. This week, the City issued a building permit in one business day using its Permit Simplicity expediting program.

Mi Rancho recently purchased the former Bimbo Bakeries property in Elk Grove for $8.1 million. The company plans to invest $25 million to retrofit the facility at 10115 Iron Rock Way to Safe Quality Food Institute standards, which are the most rigorous standards in the food production industry. Mi Rancho’s expansion plans include state-of-the-art food manufacturing operations to support its rapidly growing business, which has more than doubled in size since 2010. The building retrofit will also focus on automation, improved production capabilities, and an increased emphasis on employee education and training. Plans to increase its research and development department align with Mi Rancho’s position as innovators within the tortilla category, regularly introducing new organic and premium tortilla products for retail and food service customers nationally and internationally.

The City is currently evaluating an incentive package for Mi Rancho which, if approved by the Elk Grove City Council, will provide monetary incentives to the company in exchange for accelerated project delivery and hiring, future expansion, and bonus incentives for hiring Elk Grove residents.

“We are excited to welcome Mi Rancho to our city,” said Economic Development Director Darrell Doan.  “We worked with Mi Rancho for over a year to secure their commitment to Elk Grove, and their decision is proof that our value proposition as a business location is resonating with companies. We can’t say enough good things about the Berber family, and we look forward to a long partnership with them as they grow in Elk Grove.”

“Mi Rancho is a multi-generation family-owned and operated company with deep roots in California,” said Manuel Berber, Owner and President of Mi Rancho. “As my wife, Carol, and I work side by side with our two sons, Andrew and Alex, who will one day take over the business, we are very excited about the endless opportunities before Mi Rancho that will be realized due to their combined passion and hard work. When we looked for possible locations for expansion, Elk Grove’s economic development team rolled out the red carpet for us. The city’s economic incentive programs, skilled labor force, and proximity to our San Leandro headquarters made the decision to expand our operations to Elk Grove easy.”

Mi Rancho executives and the City are working closely with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and Go-Biz, the State’s economic development department, to pursue State manufacturing and hiring incentives. The City, Sacramento Employment Training Agency, and San Joaquin County’s California Human Development are assisting the company with a workforce hiring and training plan. Sacramento Region Business Association assisted Mi Rancho with hiring its local project development and management team, and was a driving force in Elk Grove becoming the first Permit Simplicity city in the State of California

“This is exactly the type of project that we had in mind when Region Business advocated for Permit Simplicity in 2015,” said Joshua Wood, Executive Director of Region Business.  “Mi Rancho wants to get their Elk Grove operation up and running quickly, and Permit Simplicity will allow them to do that.”

“We want to congratulate Elk Grove on adding another food manufacturing company to our region.  Food and agriculture is a key industry cluster for future growth,” Greater Sacramento Economic Council CEO Barry Broome said. “Greater Sacramento worked with Elk Grove over the last year to help guide Mi Rancho through the state incentive process. We have a great partnership with Elk Grove, and are pleased to have collaborated with them to further the goal of developing an advanced economy throughout the Sacramento region.”

About Mi Rancho

Mi Rancho® is an innovator in the specialty foods market specializing in tortillas and Mexican food products. Founded as a family-run Mexican bakery and grocery store in Oakland in 1939, Mi Rancho started to expand in the 1950s, providing tortillas to local restaurants. Today the company remains family owned and operated by the third generation of the Berber family, with plans of succession to the fourth generation currently working within the company. Mi Rancho produces 4.5 million tortillas each day or 1.3 billion tortillas each year, serving various segments including foodservice, retail, industrial, and international. Despite Mi Rancho’s growth, the company is still operated with a passion for excellence and a commitment to produce the best quality tortillas made from local California ingredients.

For more information, visit Mi Rancho on the web at www.mirancho.com.

About the City of Elk Grove

Elk Grove is a high-quality suburban community of approximately 172,000 people, located 14 miles south of the California State Capitol in the State’s affordable Central Valley. Elk Grove is a young, ethnically diverse, modern city that was incorporated in 2000. Elk Grove is a family and business friendly community, with low crime, excellent schools, over 95 community parks, excellent dining and shopping options, numerous annual events and festivals, and over 270 sunny days per year. Median Household Income is $83,141, the median home value is $430,424, and 62% of adults over 25 are college educated. Major corporations like Apple, Kaiser, AllData, and the State of California call Elk Grove home. Commercial rents and land costs are affordable, and the City has virtually no seismic or flood risk. Elk Grove is governed by a five-member City Council consisting of the Mayor and four councilmembers. Elk Grove operates its own Development Services, Public Works, Finance, and Police Departments, and is served by the Elk Grove Unified School District, and the Cosumnes Community Services District (fire and emergency medical services and parks and recreation).

For more information, visit the City of Elk Grove on the web at www.elkgrovecity.org.

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