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Heinz Moves to New Headquarters

June 5, 2001

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The H.J. Heinz Co. held grand opening ceremonies at their new headquarters Tuesday, transporting some employees in a turn-of-the-century wagon once used to carry pickles, horseradish and ketchup.

Heinz announced in 1999 they would be consolidating many of their interests in Pittsburgh, the company’s hometown. A ceremonial ribbon cutting Tuesday marked the end of a 20-month effort to bring employees from the company’s Star-Kist Tuna and pet products division in Cincinnati to a single downtown building here.

The new Heinz headquarters is spread over six floors of a building that once housed Gimbel’s department store, which closed in the mid-1980s, spokeswoman Debbie Bolding said.

The downtown location is about a mile south of the company’s former North Side site.

In honor of the occasion, the signature Heinz Hitch, a fire-engine red wagon drawn by eight massive Percheron horses, carried some employees through downtown streets to the new headquarters.


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