Food processor to create 200 jobs in Halifax

Posted September 16, 2010

— A food processing company that has licensed technology from North Carolina State University will open a plant in Halifax County and create 200 jobs, officials said Thursday.

Empire Foods Inc. plans to lease a 35,000-square-foot production facility to be built by the county at the new Halifax Corporate Park and will invest $2.5 million in the plant over the next five years, officials said.

The technology licensed from N.C. State produces foods that are more shelf-stable. The products do not require refrigeration, but maintain the flavor, color and nutrients of fresh food, officials said.

The company plans to purchase fruits and vegetables from local and regional farmers and will initially use the technology to supply the military and restaurant markets, officials said.

“We are pleased that we are able to keep this technology in North Carolina where it was created," Greg Hatem, a Raleigh developer and chairman of Empire Foods, said in a statement. "Locating this project in North Carolina, we can look forward to continued collaboration with the university’s Food Science Department.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $28,418, plus benefits, which is higher that the Halifax County average of $25,532.

Empire Foods has qualified for a $400,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance that is matched by local governments to attract business projects. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment targets to obtain grant funds.


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  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Sep 16, 2010

    "Somebody say something negative about Bev."

    Ok, OneTermer BooHooBev ain't never met a handout from her pal in DC that she wouldn't take and force NC citizens to have to pick the tab up for later.

  • countrygurl1557 Sep 16, 2010

    Yall just mad cause yall caint eat potted meat!!

  • whatelseisnew Sep 16, 2010

    "A family of 3 wouldn't pay any federal taxes to speak of at this imcome level."

    If you are only capable of earning this amount of money, you have no business having children. Everyone should pay Federal taxes, I don't care how much you earn or how many children you have. You need to be helping to drag the big load of debt.

  • whatelseisnew Sep 16, 2010

    "Elitist. I’m sure you’re one of those that tell people to go get a minimum job and yet you criticize and put this down. Elitist."

    Ah yes, another person that knows nothing voicing their incorrect opinion. If you want to work for peanuts, go right ahead.

  • mgratk Sep 16, 2010

    Too bad the workers will make so little.

  • valdon721 Sep 16, 2010

    Toby, you WOULD like potted meat - that is probably what is wrong with your brain cells from all the sodium nitrate and other preservatives. I bet you eat Spam every day and VY-ANNA sausages with 4 corner Nabs, too. I think I am beginning to understand some things................

  • cubed32696 Sep 16, 2010

    I wonder what this technology is and what it does to the food? As for the salary amount, I would not get out of bed for that. By the time the Government grabs up their chunk of that money, you are working for very little money.
    GOLO member since October 18, 2007
    September 16, 2010 3:37 p.m.
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    Elitist. I’m sure you’re one of those that tell people to go get a minimum job and yet you criticize and put this down. Elitist.

  • fbell Sep 16, 2010

    This is great news for Halifax County, North Carolina in new jobs. It also emphasizes the wonderful, priactical research in so many of the colleges of NC State University. Someone mentiond the color red in an earlier GOLO--The country of NOrway, whose flag is predominatelhy red, thinks NC State U is super.and is coordinating with the NCSU School of Forestry. for futre jobs for NC. Frank Bell

  • fishon Sep 16, 2010

    If I knew my food processor could create jobs I would have lent it to my out of work neighbor!

  • tobywilliamson58 Sep 16, 2010

    Man, I hope they make potted meat there! I LOVE THAT STUFF!!