In December 1896, Heinz committed to building a pickle factory in Holland if local farmers would pledge 300 acres of cucumbers for Heinz and if the city of Holland would donate a building site with water shipping access and a rail siding. Local citizens and farmers pledged more than 500 acres of cucumbers, and the City of Holland purchased two acres of land for $800 on the present day site. Today, the Heinz facility includes 17 buildings covering 29 acres. The passion and dedication of past and present Heinz employees along with the spirit of cooperation between the City of Holland and the H.J. Heinz Company has allowed Heinz to grow and prosper in Holland, MI.
The City of Holland donated two acres of land to Heinz 111 years ago to build a pickle factory. Today, Heinz is honored to be able to give back to the City of Holland and its citizens, access of more than 1,800 feet of Lake Macatawa shoreline via the Heinz Walkway.
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