McDonald's supplier cooking up 84 jobs in Clayton

Posted February 22, 2010

— A bakery that supplies hamburger buns to McDonald's will open an operation in Clayton, creating 84 jobs, officials said Monday.

Northeast Foods Inc. plans to invest $25.4 million during the next two years. The Maryland-based company has been a key supplier to McDonald’s since 1965 and is the chain's largest supplier of buns in the United States, officials said.

"We believe our new bakery will be a win-win for our company, McDonald’s and the people of North Carolina," Bill Paterakis, president of Northeast Foods, said in a statement. "Our vision is to continue being an industry leader in innovation by continually setting the highest standards in quality and service. This expansion will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality products to McDonald’s and its customers in this part of the U.S.”

The commercial bakery in Clayton will serve Golden State Foods distribution centers in Garner and Lexington, S.C. The privately owned company already has five operating facilities in the U.S. and provides storage and distribution for its products.

The average wage of the new jobs will be $41,815, plus benefits, which officials said exceeds the Johnston County annual average wage of $31,408.

Northeast Foods has qualified for a $350,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. Companies receive no money upfront from the fund and must meet job creation and investment targets to obtain the grant funds, which include a local match.


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  • johnm252 Feb 24, 2010

    Just have to wait and see

  • discowhale Feb 23, 2010

    Bigpinkstork hit it on the head.

    This is how it works always and everywhere, and the state or feds invariably say, "...and the average wage in 2008 was $38497.23." (or some such number)

    What that statement leaves out is that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Paul Allen, et al, get averaged in too, because they have income. I don't begrudge them their money, I'd love it!! But it does average in.

    The bun plant will be no different. And if the usual happens, they'll bring in management, making all the big bucks, and hire the workers, making all the little bucks. And again, I don't begrudge those top people their money, but AVERAGE means AVERAGE, and we all know a person running a $25 million facility will NOT be making an AVERAGE salary.

    This is simple, just do the math.

  • Fed-up29 Feb 22, 2010

    they still will not post my comment about the workers at McDonalds' restaurants in Cary.....why is that? Is it because i worked their and know the truth GOLO!

  • froggytroat Feb 22, 2010

    God, you people would complain about money falling out of the sky.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 22, 2010

    The world needs more white bread & dead animal patties like a hole in the head.

  • Big Mike Feb 22, 2010

    No hablo Ingles amigo!.....Quiero que tu trabajo y quiero saber si le gustaría extra mayo .....

  • Blueboxinggloves Feb 22, 2010

    Check the legal status of folks applying for these jobs. There are too many AMERICANS out of work. That's all I have to say.

  • csplantlover Feb 22, 2010

    Just what we need - MORE bad McDonald's items..................

  • jrfergerson Feb 22, 2010

    minimum wage jobs - will the salary cover daycare cost these days?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Feb 22, 2010

    "The average wage of the new jobs will be $41,815, plus benefits, which officials said exceeds the Johnston County annual average wage of $31,408."

    DAG'GONE!!! The bread-making business pays this? I'm in the wrong business.