StarKist to move headquarters from Pittsburgh to Virginia

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FILE – In this Oct. 18, 2018 file photo the StarKist offices are seen on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, ordered StarKist Co. to pay a $100 million fine in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry’s top three companies. (Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — StarKist Co. has announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Pittsburgh to Virginia next year.

StarKist, known for cartoon mascot Charlie the Tuna, said in a statement that the headquarters on Pittsburgh’s North Shore will close at the end of March 2022 “but the company will maintain a presence in the region.”

The new headquarters will be in the Washington D.C. area. StarKist, originally the French Sardine Co., was founded in California in 1917 and became StarKist Foods in 1953.

The connection with landlocked Pittsburgh came in a 1963 sale to H.J. Heinz Co. Its current parent company is Dongwon Industries of South Korea.

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