Governor Moore Announces New Home Chef Manufacturing and Distribution Center to Create More Than 500 Jobs in Baltimore City
Maryland Department of Commerce and Baltimore Development Corporation partner to facilitate 10-year lease on 150,000 square feet of commercial space at East Patapsco Avenue
BALTIMORE, MD (March 1, 2023) — Governor Wes Moore today announced that Home Chef, an online and in-store meal solutions company, will establish a new manufacturing and distribution center in Baltimore City, creating more than 500 new full-time jobs in the community by 2024. The Maryland Department of Commerce and Baltimore Development Corporation worked proactively with Home Chef to assist with project costs, location services, and a 10-year lease agreement that will result in Home Chef occupying approximately 150,000 square feet of space located at 1701 East Patapsco Avenue.
“Home Chef’s entrance into Maryland will help diversify the state’s business community, expand local job opportunities, and reflect new investment in Maryland’s economic competitiveness,” said Governor Moore. “We are working diligently with our partners across the state and in local communities to create work, wages, and wealth for all Marylanders and believe deeply in the potential and opportunities that lie ahead for Baltimore City.”
Home Chef is the leading meal solutions company and provides approachable, delicious meals that simplify the cooking process. Since the company’s creation in 2013, it has grown to include more than 2,500 employees while serving more than 300 million meals across the nation. Home Chef is available both online and at more than 2,400 retail stores in the Kroger Family of Companies.
“We are thrilled to welcome Home Chef to Maryland. This expansion will allow the company to tap into the Mid-Atlantic market, while supporting the local economy and bringing hundreds of jobs to Baltimore,” said Maryland Commerce Acting Secretary Kevin Anderson. “We are thankful to the entire Home Chef team for its investment in the state.”
The new Baltimore facility will be Home Chef’s largest by volume, accounting for more than 30% of Home Chef’s meal solutions delivered nationwide. The production and distribution center was designed specifically to meet Home Chef’s high food safety standards and will provide increased efficiencies for docking, storage, and facility flow.
“Home Chef’s move into Baltimore City to expand its manufacturing and distribution center is yet another example of how the city’s strategic location and easy access via rail, highway, port and air makes it a great manufacturing and logistics hub,” said Baltimore Development Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Colin Tarbert. “We are excited to see Home Chef grow in Baltimore and offer city residents employment.”
Home Chef currently has facilities in California, Georgia, and Illinois. To learn more about the company, visit homechef.com.
About Maryland Commerce
The Maryland Department of Commerce stimulates private investment and creates jobs by attracting new businesses, encouraging the expansion and retention of existing companies, and providing financial assistance to Maryland companies. The Department promotes the State’s many economic advantages and markets local products and services at home and abroad to spur economic development and international investment, trade and tourism. Because they are major economic generators, the Department also supports the arts, film production, sports and other special events. For more information, visit commerce.maryland.gov.