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Sacramento Business Journal
Mar 8, 2013
Pride adds manufacturing space to fulfill contract with Mighty Leaf Tea
Roseville’s Pride Industries Inc. has added manufacturing space for the first time in nearly six years for a big new contract it picked up in January.
Pride, a nonprofit that is one of the region’s largest manufacturers, was tagged to do all of the product assembly, packaging, fulfillment and distribution for Mighty Leaf Tea Co., a fast-growing artisan specialty tea company based in San Rafael.
For that work, Pride added 42,418 square feet at 8860 Industrial Ave. in Roseville. That represents a 20 percent increase in Pride’s manufacturing capacity, said Matt Fritsch, Pride spokesman. It is the first addition of new manufacturing space since Pride expanded in 2007 to 100,000 square feet on West National Drive in Sacramento, he said.
The new Mighty Leaf Tea contract keeps up to 100 people with disabilities busy each day at Industrial Avenue and at Pride’s headquarters, Fritsch said. Since January, Pride workers have packaged nearly 5 million tea bags for Pride’s new client.
The new Industrial Avenue space is already operating at capacity. If Pride takes on any more contracts, it will need more space, Fritsch said. Mighty Leaf Tea picked Pride to handle all of its fulfillment because it needed a company “that can scale with us,” Gary Shinner, Mighty Leaf’s CEO, told the Business Journal. Mighty Leaf outgrew its previous fulfillment company in the Bay Area, he said.
Shinner said he’s confident that Pride “can scale with us for many, many years.” Founded in 1996, Mighty Leaf is growing annual sales by double-digit percentages, he said. Without being more precise, he said company revenue is in the tens of millions of dollars a year. Shinner expects the company to double its sales in the next few years.
Mighty Leaf Tea Company
136 Mitchell Blvd.
San Rafael, CA 94903