Keyport LLC, a privately held seafood producer, announced Jan. 22 that it is relocating its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Edmonds, effective Feb. 1.
“Seattle has been our home for 20 years, and its increasingly challenging business climate makes it a good time to move. Edmonds is a business friendly, maritime community, that will allow us to expand our business and offers our staff less traffic and a safe environment,” said Mark Pedersen, Keyport’s President and CEO.
“We are very excited to have Keyport relocate to Edmonds,” said Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling. “They will make a great addition to our community. We’re excited that Keyport recognizes Edmonds as having a welcoming business climate, convenient location for its’ staff and a high quality of life.”
According to a company announcement, following the opening of the new sales office in North Carolina in 2015, Keyport has continued to launch new products, including frozen seafood entrees, and has increased sales volumes necessitating more commercial space. The new location in downtown Edmonds will include a commercial demonstration and test kitchen along with additional office space that will give the company flexibility to allow for continued business and personnel growth.
With the move of its’ corporate headquarters, Keyport now has sales office locations in Edmonds and Chapel Hill, N.C., multiple nationwide distribution points, as well as processing facilities in Washington state and Norway.
According to the company website, Keyport is a family business started in 1997 by Darryl Pedersen, who comes from a long line of fishermen and seafood experts. His sons, Mark and Kurt, now lead the company and attribute its success to the continued focus on customer service, top-quality seafood, and 100 years of accumulated family expertise and relationships.
Keyport’s top-selling products include King Crab, Snow Crab and Dungeness Crab.