Goya Foods Inc., one of the largest Hispanic-owned food distributors in the United States, has opened a new regional distribution center in McDonough.

The 151,000-square-foot facility will be the main distribution center for Georgia as well as for Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina.

“With the growing Hispanic population and the need for good nutrition, it’s an opportune time for Goya to expand,” Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods Inc., said in a news release.

According to the Henry County Development Authority, Goya has been evaluating sites in the Southeast since June. The facility represents an investment of between $5 million and $10 million. Goya selected the former Haworth building in McDonough and spent $2.5 million on renovations.

Founded in 1936 by Spanish-Americans, Goya distributes Latin flavors around the U.S. and the world. The company has 16 facilities and 4,000 employees throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain.

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