The fastest-growing, well-financed Silicon Valley startup is hiring 65 employees and retrofitting a large facility to stage its East Coast expansion
PALO ALTO, CA – DECEMBER 8, 2017 – Gobble, a meal-kit provider serving 32 states across the country and backed by Silicon Valley luminaries, has chosen Lancaster, PA as the staging ground for their East Coast expansion.
At a job fair held last week, the company received more than 100 applications and made more than 20 offers for full-time employment. The company seeks to hire 45 additional full-time employees now to work at the new Gobble East facility which will be used for food preparation and order fulfillment operations, with more jobs planned for the immediate future. They encourage prospective applicants with backgrounds in shipping and receiving, food preparation, and warehouse and assembly line operations to join them at one of two job fairs to be held December 13,14 and 15 from 10 am – 2pm and on Jan 3,4 and 5. Both the December and January Job Fairs will be held at the PA CareerLink at 1016 N. Charlotte St., Lancaster, PA.
Gobble provides freshly prepped one-pan meals that busy families can cook in under 15 minutes. The company recently announced a $15 million dollar Series B investment from top-tier Silicon Valley investment firms Khosla Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Trinity Ventures and Initialized Capital, bringing the total capital raised to over $26 million.
“We are excited to invest in the local Lancaster economy,” states Gobble founder and CEO Ooshma Garg. “We anticipate that the opening of this facility and the hiring of 65 employees is only just the beginning of our partnership with this vibrant community. Over the next 18 months, we hope to employ over 200 people in Lancaster. We are pleased with the local talent pool, we are excited by the quality of this facility, and we are gratified by how easy it has been to work with local government and business leaders. We anticipate a long-term partnership with the local Lancaster community.”
“In our West Coast operations, we built a positive culture emphasizing collaboration, teamwork and transparency,” states Steve Robinson, VP of Operations and Supply Chain for Gobble and former VP of Global Logistics at Starbucks. “We are excited to work together to build a similarly strong, supportive work culture with our new partners here in Lancaster. We are also impressed by the high-quality local produce and are eager to source ingredients from local food growers and vendors.”
John Biemiller, Vice President of the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, adds, “We are excited to partner with Ooshma, Steve and the Gobble team. The opening of this facility will provide a nice boost to our local economy from a high-growth industry. It is also good for Gobble: From here they can ship their high-quality perishable food across the entire Eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida, in the shortest period of time. We have been pleased to work with Gobble and the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board to coordinate job fairs and employment and training programs for potential employees. We encourage anyone interested in a fulfilling, full-time job in a growth sector to attend the next Gobble job fair at CareerLink from December 13th – 15th or January 3rd – 5th.”
At Gobble, we help busy families make dinnertime special again. Voted Parent Magazine’s #1 Meal Kit Subscription for Families, Gobble’s one-pan meals arrive freshly prepped and ready to serve in 15 minutes or less. Gobble’s Meal kits are so simple that anyone — even kids — can cook delicious, satisfying meals at home. Gobble’s proprietary taste mapping technology suggests weekly meals personalized for each family’s dietary and taste preferences. Internationally inspired menus designed by Executive Chef Thomas Ricci and his team of celebrated chefs will delight your family’s taste buds and transform you into a Gobble Dinner Hero. The company has received over $26M in venture funding from Silicon Valley titans including Khosla Ventures, Trinity Ventures, Initialized Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz, along with founders and executives from PayPal, LinkedIn, Google and Facebook. www.gobble.com.