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Smithfield Foods to add 330 jobs, expand plant in Kinston

Posted November 10, 2011

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— Smithfield Foods will add 330 jobs at its meat processing plant in Kinston, the company said early Thursday.

The food industry giant will invest $85.5 million to expand the facility over the next three years. It also plans to add a production line of packaged meets.

North Carolina agreed to provide a $700,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund as an incentive for Smithfield to make the expansion in the state. Such grants require a local match.

Smithfield already employs more than 12,000 people in the state.

The Kinston facility is part of Smithfield Packing Company.

"The expansion of the Kinston plant will allow us to increase our packaged meats production to keep up with growing customer demand for our products," said C. Larry Pope, chief executive officer at Smithfield Foods, in a statement released from Gov. Bev Perdue’s office.

Salaries will average $27,644 plus benefits compared to a Lenoir County average wage of $29,276.

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  • fayncmike Nov 10, 2011

    "College education is overrated, overstated, and certainly over priced. This country has brainwashed most of the population into thinking they are not smart unless they go to college and pay those big tuitions but folks, nothing could be further from the truth.

    I will be the first to admit doctors certainly need a college degree but most of the things these kids are going in debt to learn was called OJT (On Job Training) 25 or 30 years ago and those people are now the ones that have retired and the companies keep calling them back to help the college grads learn the jobs. I am certainly glad there are still companies that hire on ability to do the job instead of the paper that days you went to college for 4 years.

    Heavenly"

    Yes right. I owned an engineering firm for many years. I can just see me telling my QAR from NASA or anyone else that I, "on the job trained" the engineer that will be engineer in charge of his project. I, "on the job trained" the kids that cleaned up the place.

  • pbjbeach Nov 10, 2011

    WATCHHILLGIRL:

    IT IS AN HAS BEEN FOR SOME LONG TIME NOW A DAYS ALL ABOUT THE SUPPRESSION OF WAGES AN THE OUTSOURCING OF JOBS TO PUNISH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WILL TO HAVE THEIR WAGES SUPPRESS BY THE COPORATE INSTREST AN ARE STAND UP FOR THEIR RIGHTS WITHIN THE WORKFORCE ACROSS THIS COUNTRY MUSH AS THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEE DID SO THE OTHER NIGHT IN OHIO. north carolina need to allow public sector employees to be able to have collective bargaining rights as well. to stop with the right to work laws for public sector employee in this do not have any work place right to work rights except to have to take the cr** that their mangers hand out to them an they cant even have the rioght in the work force to be able to have a fair hearing an object to it farily an be hearded for their point of view on it thank you

  • Nunya123 Nov 10, 2011

    "New Rule - no tax incentives if the wages you're going to pay are below the local average..."

    So you'd rather pay out tax revenue for unemployment, welfare, and food stamps rather than pay someone less than average? Nice. You know its call an average for a reason, some make more and some make less.

  • pbjbeach Nov 10, 2011

    I wonder how much in tax incentives ( coporate welfare ) giveaways these jobs will end up costing the states taxpayers can anyone out there say DELL GIVE AWAYS ALONG WITH OTHERS WHERE THAT THIS ADMINSTRATIO HAS WASTE THE TAXPAYERS FUNDING ON SUCH INCENTIVE GIVEAWAY P[ACKAGE IN TAX BREAKS AN TOX LOOPHOLE BREAKS ALONG WITH ACTUAL MONTARY GIFTS ( CASH) TO THESE COPORATE ENITYS ACROSS THIS STATE SUPPOSLEY IN THE NAME OF JOBS
    COMING EXCLUSIVESLY FROM THE STATE TREASUARY DIRECTLY TO THESE COPORATE ENITYS. THANK YOU

  • timtooltime777 Nov 10, 2011

    If you remember Smithfield Foods was in trouble for having people from other countries not legal to be in this Country or legal to work here !

  • Nunya123 Nov 10, 2011

    Thanks Sarge. Doesn't change my mind at all. At no point did I say the system was perfect, but since 99% of the "facts" posted on here are utter, racially motivated, BS I gave the option for how to try and take care of it. Instead, the majority of the posters will continue to post their unsubstantiated claims because they are too lazy to actually commit and try to do anything. It is much easier for them to say illegal this and illegal that and not actually try to do anything.

  • bigal02282 Nov 10, 2011

    An average wage of $27,644 is about 1000 times what the same workers would be getting in their home countries....

  • smcallah Nov 10, 2011

    "New Rule - no tax incentives if the wages you're going to pay are below the local average..."

    That makes no sense. You can't have a state law that says that when you have a state mandated minimum wage. If the state wants to enforce a living minimum wage, then they should create one. And then drive more business out of the state.

  • watchhillgirl Nov 10, 2011

    Bringing the jobs to Kinston is good, but what bothers me is that if the average wage in Lenoir county is $29,276 and they are willing to only pay $27,644 that is going to bring the county down a little bit. I understand that something is better than nothing, but it is still depressing that the wages won't be more for the hard work.
    Heavenly, while you might make a good point for many years ago, but these days you need a degree for just about anything. A degree does not make you smarter than the next person. What it does do, it shows an employer that you are trainable, and that when given a task...you finish it. That might not mean much to you, but plenty of employers look at it that way.

  • Sarge Nov 10, 2011

    "if you have any proof of your accusation, call here: 1-866-347-2423. That's the number to ICE."
    Just to give you another point of view.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/union-president-gives-congress-emails-backing-testimony-ice-ordered-agents-not-arrest

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