New bakery means 342 jobs in Pembroke

Posted April 12, 2011

A new bakery and 342 jobs are coming to Pembroke.

Gov. Bev Perdue announced Tuesday that Steven Roberts Original Desserts and Ticklebelly Desserts will build a new facility, invest $4 million and hire 342 people over the next five years.

The company received a $392,000 One North Carolina Fund grant. This kind of grant requires a local match.

Average salaries will be $22,926 plus benefits. The average wage in Robeson County is $26,728, according to Perdue’s office.

Steven Roberts Original Desserts produces frozen desserts.

Tickelbell Desserts focuses on gourmet products.



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  • SubwayScoundrel Apr 12, 2011

    If anyone talks about low wage, you have no clue about real life. yes, I make 6 times the avg amount, but I also made $11K at one time and if you are unemployed or making $16K, guess what, $22K is Ok.

    Good for Pembrook, Good for Bev, Good for NC

    Saying anything else just proves bitterness

  • They call me CATMAN Apr 12, 2011

    If my NC math is correct that is about $11.02 an hour. Not bad for a start.
    And Livin Life Handed To Me you are correct if there is a facility why build one.

  • fhazel Apr 12, 2011

    "Average salaries will be $22,926 plus benefits. The average wage in Robeson County is $26,728, according to Perdue’s office."

    Hmmm.... I don't see all that much to cheer about here. Another company offering below average paying jobs in one of the poorest counties of the state. I understand that a job is a job, and anything is better than nothing, but this still strikes me as pretty underwhelming. I guess Aunt Bev figures the Lumbees in Pembroke should be grateful for her hard work. Watch out Pembroke, she'll be wanting to appoint the mayor before too long, like they used to do.

  • gallbury Apr 12, 2011

    Maybe Granny Bev will be able to get a job there in 1213; I feel pretty sure that she'll be available.

  • raypleasant Apr 12, 2011

    maybe the bakery will make gluten free bread.

  • raypleasant Apr 12, 2011

    i think this is great . too bad bev purdue gave $30 million to caterpillar to start a new assembly plant in
    winston salem employing about 300 people. when caterpillar will transfer about half those jobs from illinois. im just thankful they chose winston salem and not raleigh.

  • Opinions Are Opinions Apr 12, 2011

    Why build a new facility? There is a shut down bakery there on Jones St. in Pembroke(what used to be Daniels Bakery-Mrs. Smiths). Why not make use of a building that is already there?