Pictured with County Executive Mangano are: Owner Philip DelPrete and his wife Gail, their daughters Mary and Melissa; Roy Smitheimer, Economic Development Specialist; Jasmine Heines, Event Coordinator; Harry Rios, Sales and Marketing; Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio; Joe Kearney, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today joined the owners of Rbest Produce Inc. at a ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new corporate headquarters and warehouse in Port Washington, a move made possible by the assistance of the County Executive Mangano’s economic development team. The company purchased a building in Port Washington after 32 years in the Hunts Point Market and moved more than 50 jobs to Nassau County – with a plan to create 12 more within three years.
“My policies of freezing County property taxes and removing bureaucratic red tape are working as companies like Rbest are moving to Nassau County and creating new jobs,” said County Executive Mangano. “With my economic development team, we have created and retain 19,000 private sector jobs and Nassau County now leads the State of New York in terms of job growth. Together, we are create new jobs and opportunities, attracting new businesses, and putting residents back to work in Nassau County.”
Rbest, a wholesale produce distributor that supplies fruits and vegetables to independent supermarkets and various chain stores, was unable to renew its lease in the Bronx and considered other sites in the Bronx and New Jersey — all with economic incentives — before deciding to move to Nassau County.
Philip Delprete, chairman and chief operating officer of Rbest, said, “I want to thank County Executive Ed Mangano help in making this happen.” He added, “We’re happy to be here. There’s not a better place for a business to be than on the Gold Coast. This is a much better environment than what we were in and its location will help us to attract high-quality employees.”
R-Best, which shares ownership with the Uncle Giuseppe, Italian themed gourmet supermarket chain, is using the building for its headquarters and for distribution. A new 70,000-square-foot warehouse constructed within the Port Washington building is capable of maintaining multiple climate zones, allowing R-Best to store products at temperatures and humidity levels that are optimum for each specific product category.
R-Best, which supplies independent supermarkets, restaurants and institutions, recently added Fresh Market, soon-to-open in Woodbury as a customer and also is selling fresh produce grown on Long Island, Deprete said.
About the Nassau County IDA
The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency consists of a team of professionals whose mission is to promote the economic welfare and prosperity of Nassau County. It is a resource for businesses in Nassau County and those considering relocation. The IDA provides assistance to businesses interested in relocating, expanding and financing new investments. It has provided assistance to a wide range of companies, from Arizona Iced Tea and Sleepy’s Mattress to Cold Spring Harbor Labs and Grumman Studios. For more information, please visit www.nassauida.org or call 516-571-1945.