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Alamance Foods Inc. approved for $42 million expansion in Burlington, creating 135 new jobs
City of Burlington
Economic Development Department
Governor Cooper Announces Alamance Foods Will Expand in Burlington
Alamance Foods, Inc., a manufacturer of a variety of consumer food products, will invest $42 million to expand its North Carolina operations in Alamance County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today (December 6). The company will create 135 jobs in Burlington.
"Today, the companies have many locations to choose from when considering an expansion, but North Carolina's competitive advantages always shine through," said Governor Cooper. "It's great to see a home-grown company like Alamance Foods expanding our state, thanks to our roads, airports, rail and ports, our strong communities and our dedicated, well trained workforce."
Alamance Foods (AFI), with headquarters in Burlington, started from humble North Carolina roots more than 100 years ago when R.W. Scott began selling the extra cream and butter that he churned primarily from his family.
In 1927, his son Ralph H. Scott expanded the business and established Melville Dairy, which in 1959 became one of the first producers in the United States for a revolutionary new product at the time, aerosol whipped cream. The company later expanded its product line to include flavored drinks, freeze pops, and bottled water. The company's project in Graham will expand warehousing and production facilities for its aerosol whipped cream product line.
Although wages for the new jobs will vary depending on position, the average salary will be $47,063, which is above the current average wage in Alamance County of $46,999. The state and local area will see an additional impact of more than $6 million each year from the new payroll.
"North Carolina leads the Southeast in manufacturing excellence," said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. "We welcome the vote of confidence Alamance Foods' expansion represents, and their company can depend on the strength and ingenuity of the North Carolina workforce to take them to the next stage of their growth."
Alamance Food's project was awarded a 12-year Job Development Investment Grant(JDIG), with the project estimated to grow the state's economy by $651 million over that time. The company could receive up to $611,000, spread over 12 years, if they meet their performance targets.
The company's JDIG agreement also calls for moving $67,000 into the state's Industrial Development Fund - Utility Account.
In addition to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Alamance County, the City of Burlington, and the Alamance Chamber.
This announcement has been provided by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Find the full Press Release here.
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