Business Briefs

Robersonville plant to expand, create jobs

Posted July 30, 2008 2:42 p.m. EDT

— Ann’s House of Nuts, a national leader in the production of roasted nuts, dried fruits and snacks, will expand its Robersonville plant creating 263 jobs in the next three years, Gov. Mike Easley announced Wednesday.

“North Carolina is known for the quality of its food products and this investment by a nationally recognized company adds to that distinction,” said Easley. “Our emphasis on education and worker training programs continues to attract businesses that bring good jobs for our citizens.”

The company, the largest privately held trader of trail mixes and snack-sized nuts in the world, is investing $2.3 million in the project. The expansion was made possible in part by a $65,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

Founded in 1973, the company is headquartered in Jessup, Md.

The Robersonville plant currently employs 207 employees. The expansion project will increase capacity by investing in additional equipment and processes.

While salaries for the new positions will vary by job type, the average annual wage will be $34,979 not including benefits. The average annual wage in Martin County is $28,804.

“Ann’s House of Nuts continues to invest in our North Carolina plant based on the attractive business climate and workforce in the area,” said George Lampros, the company’s chief executive officer.