Perdue Farms has chosen Delmar, Delaware, as the site of the new headquarters for its subsidiary, Perdue AgriBusiness.

The company announced it has closed on the purchase of a piece of property in Delmar, to not only build new corporate offices, but also to support continued growth.

The new office building will replace a 45-year-old facility at the Perdue AgriBusiness complex on Zion Church Road in Salisbury, Maryland. Perdue has signed an agreement with architects George, Miles and Buhr LLC to design the new facility, which will be located on a 17-acre tract on Route 13 north in Delmar. The Delmar location is centrally located to the Perdue AgriBusiness Delmarva operations and will provide additional space and flexibility not available at the current location.

“Perdue AgriBusiness is an increasingly diversified business, but we are outgrowing our office facility. Delmar is centrally located to our Delmarva operations and will minimize the impact on the associates currently working in our Salisbury office,” said Dick Willey, president of Perdue AgriBusiness. “We look forward to getting this project underway and will have an associate team working with the architect firm for design input. The State of Delaware has always been a true business partner to Perdue, and we are excited to support the local economy.”

Approximately 200 current and future executive and support positions will be housed at the new Delmar location. All other Perdue AgriBusiness operations will continue in their current locations, including the soy processing, edible oil refining and grain operations at the Zion Church Road location. The move does not affect Perdue’s main corporate headquarters in Salisbury.

“With an annual impact estimated at $8 billion a year, Delaware’s agricultural community is one of the cornerstones of our state’s economy,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. “We know our future prosperity depends on a strong commitment to this industry. Perdue’s expansion is an important marker of the continued and growing strength of Delaware agriculture, particularly in our vital poultry sector. I am grateful to the company’s leadership for their robust partnership with us.”