Growing Co. Citrus Systems Doubles Its Footprint in Hopkins
Citrus Systems, Inc., a privately owned manufacturer of packaged fruit juices and beverages, is relocating operations to a new facility in Hopkins.
Founded in 1985, Citrus Systems markets portion-controlled shelf stable juices under the Citrus Sun brand. It currently serves the hospitality trade, the health care industry, and private label juices for dairy, grocery, and institutional trades.
The company will occupy 132,000 square feet of the Cornerstone Business Center, which is located at 401 11th Avenue South in Hopkins, and is owned by Indianapolis-based Duke Realty. The purchase price for the facility was not disclosed.
“As demand for our Citrus Sun products continues to grow, we want to ensure that we have the ongoing capacity and capabilities to deliver high-quality juice products to our customers,” President and founder Tom Boehland said in a Monday statement. “This new facility gives us the opportunity to design from scratch a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will enable us to deliver the highest quality product in an extremely efficient manner.”
Boehland said the new location is about double the size of the company’s old facility. This is the third time Citrus has upgraded its plants: It first upgraded from an 8,000-square-foot location in Farmington to a 33,000-square-foot building in Hopkins and then to its current 71,000-square-foot plant, which is also in Hopkins.
“We moved to our current location in October 2003 and over the last 10 years we’ve outgrown this space,” Boehland told Twin Cities Business in a Monday phone interview. “Where we work now, we have to operate in three separate buildings and we’re very excited to transition to a facility all under one big roof.”
According to Boehland, the company has 52 employees but has not solidified plans for expanding its workforce, although he does expect the relocation to result in additional jobs. Citrus plans to make the move by the end of November.
Citrus will occupy the south building of the 222,194-square-foot Cornerstone Business Center, which is owned by Duke Realty and is now 100 percent occupied.
“Duke Realty is pleased to be able to provide Citrus Systems with a facility that meets their space needs and to work closely with them on the design and build out of their space,” Pat Mascia, senior vice president of Duke Realty’s Minneapolis operations, said in a Monday statement. “We are committed to delivering attractive, functional space that will serve Citrus Systems’ needs for the long term.”
Duke Realty’s in-house construction team will serve as general contractor for Citrus’ new space, which will include extensive modifications to accommodate new equipment for juice manufacturing. The new facility houses 120,600 square feet of warehouse space and 11,700 square feet of office space.