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Gray and Häns Kissle Break Ground on New Fresh Foods Facility

Gray,a fully integrated, global services provider for the food & beverage market, and Häns Kissle, a world-renowned provider of quality fresh prepared foods, broke ground on a new, 98,000 s.f. food manufacturing facility that will produce ready-to-eat deli salads and fresh prepared foods.

The company selected Gray to design and build the new facility.  


“Building and maintaining great relationships are what truly drive our business,” says Brett Goode, senior vice president with Gray’s South Atlantic Office. “This partnership began on strong relationships and will be the reason this project is a success.”  


“We are excited to be able to expand production to meet the growing demand for our great tasting products for consumers and retailers in the southeastern United States,” said Scott Moffitt, CEO of Häns Kissle Company. “Gastonia is a thriving community with a talented workforce, and we are proud to put down roots and call it home for our new facility. 


Häns Kissle is a subsidiary of Mitsui, one of the largest corporate groups in the world, and Kenko Mayonnaise, one of Japan’s leading deli salads manufacturers. In the summer of 2021, the group elected to begin the bidding process for this new facility after the original plans were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Gray provided layouts and designs, which improved the original footprint by 20% while also increasing efficiency for production flow throughout the plant. Ultimately, this design provides overall operational and cost efficiencies.  


The facility will be located on 26 acres in Gastonia, NC, and will take a little more than a year to complete. It is expected to create 230 jobs upon reaching full production.  

About Gray 


Gray is a fully integrated, global service provider deeply rooted in engineering, design, construction, digital, equipment manufacturing, and real estate services. Consistently ranked among the top industrial contractors in the U.S., we focus on the following markets for domestic and international customers: Food & Beverage, Manufacturing, Automotive, Distribution, Mission Critical, and Commercial. 


Founded in 1960, Gray has grown to encompass a complementary family of brands designed to augment and enhance each other’s specialized capabilities without gaps or redundancies. Our robust offering enables us to create one-of-a-kind solutions at the highest levels of customization, delivering unmatched precision and partnership to some of the world’s most sophisticated organizations.  


For more information on Gray, visit and follow us @Gray.  


About Häns Kissle 


At Häns Kissle, we strive to deliver the simple goodness of home in every bite. Founded in 1984, Häns Kissle began as the regional commissary for a small, high-end grocery chain in New England, crafting fresh, upscale prepared foods and deli salads from a 30,000 square foot facility in Somerville. More than 30 years later, we’re still in the kitchen in our 112,000 square foot facility, cooking up delicious foods with an uncompromising commitment to quality and service on a national level.  


Learn more about Häns Kissle by visiting  


  • Scott Moffitt, Chief Executive Officer, Häns Kissle
    June 08, 2022
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