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$7 Million Salsa Manufacturing Expansion

Gov. Susana Martinez Announces El Pinto Foods Growing to Create up to 25 New Jobs

$7 Million Investment to Support 20,000 sq.ft of Manufacturing Facilities

January 31, 2017

Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that El Pinto Foods in the final phase of a $7 million investment to expand its manufacturing facilities to more than 20,000 square feet, creating 25 new jobs to meet increasing demand.

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“It’s exciting and encouraging to see homegrown New Mexico manufacturers like El Pinto grow and bring new jobs and investment,” Governor Martinez said. “Thanks to our commitment to making New Mexico more competitive with surrounding states, we’re able to help more companies grow and thrive, while lifting our communities up. Results like these show how important it is to keep pushing forward with tools and reforms that make our state more business friendly.”

El Pinto Food’s salsa manufacturing division currently produces 25,000 jars of salsa a day and has the capacity to make 3-4 million jars a year. El Pinto’s factory, which is both Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Organic Certified, is expanding by 5,000 square feet to meet growing demand for individual sized portion cups for private label customers.

“It’s extremely exciting to see investment like this in our local New Mexico businesses,” said Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. “The Governor’s bold agenda of reform helps companies grow and thrive, while at the same time recruiting new businesses, jobs and investment to New Mexico.”

This expansion comes on the heels of Governor Martinez announcing nearly 400 new jobs coming to New Mexico this month alone. These include industries like aviation, manufacturing, and agriculture, in communities throughout the state, like Roswell, Belen and the Mesilla Valley.

“El Pinto began from humble roots in 1962 by my parents with 10 tables. Today our salsa manufacturing facility, located on the same property as the 1,000 seat restaurant, shares the taste of New Mexico to the entire country,” said co-owner Jim Thomas.

Twin brother and co-owner John Thomas continued, "With the support of the Economic Development Department and the Governor, we continue to expand our manufacturing jobs, right here in New Mexico, as one of the largest employers in the North Valley of Albuquerque. Providing quality jobs and nutritious New Mexican food is what El Pinto stands for."

The Economic Development Department will contribute $250,000 in LEDA funds toward the construction of the manufacturing facilities. LEDA is New Mexico's closing fund, a tool that recruits new businesses to the state while helping those that are already here grow and thrive. Governor Martinez fought to grow the closing fund to as much as $56 million, up from nearly zeroed out when she took office.

“El Pinto Foods is a great local company using New Mexico products to create new jobs, and Bernalillo County is proud to support this expansion,” said Bernalillo County Commissioner Lonnie Talbert. “This investment will boost our local manufacturing base and promote New Mexico’s unique food as an export product around the world.”


If you are interested in employment at El Pinto Foods we are accepting applications. Go to www.elpinto.com/employment-at-el-pinto for more information.

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