British-based Diageo, one of the largest alcohol beverage companies in the world, announced Thursday it will relocate its primary North America office to New York City from Norwalk.
"Like any responsible company, when building leases are due to expire, we take time to review office space, best practices for working and environment," said a Diageo spokesperson. "With leases in both our North America headquarters in Norwalk, Conn. and New York City office expiring in the next 18 months, we have today announced to our employees a plan to relocate offices and staff, remaining within Connecticut and New York."
The company, which employes 400 at its Norwalk office, will make the move at the start 2020 to two new offices with their primary office in New York City and a second-smaller office in Fairfield County, the spokesperson said.
Diageo will invest $31 million in the new 87,000 square foot office located at 3 World Trade Center. The project will attract 350 new jobs to the city and preserve roughly 150 existing Diageo jobs in New York City.
Deirdre Mahlan, President Diageo North America said “We are committed to continuing to operate in Connecticut. Our Fairfield County office will house a number of teams, including our innovation center of excellence. We share the governor’s optimism for the future of the state and look forward to helping deliver on that vision.”
The planned relocation is being supported by New York through up to $6.6 million in performance-based Excelsior Tax Credits. The $31 million project is expected to be completed in early 2020.
The announcement comes shortly after Diageo, known that handles Captain Morgan rum, Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Casamigos, to name a few, was named among the top 25 most diverse and inclusive companies for the third consecutive year, according to Thomson Reuters Diversity and Inclusion Index.
A location has not been identified for Fairfield to date.
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