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Mmm, mmm, good: Campbell Soup plant to expand

Posted September 22, 2008 4:24 p.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2008 9:48 a.m. EDT

— Campbell Soup Co. plans to expand its Maxton plant, investing $16.3 million and adding 50 jobs during the next three years, officials announced Monday.

The New Jersey-based company, which employs about 800 people in Robeson County, will expand capacity to produce ready-to-serve soups and broths packaged in cartons.

Salaries for the 50 new positions will vary by job type, but the average annual wage will be $41,267 not including benefits, officials said. That is more than the Robeson County average annual wage of $25,116, they said.

“Maxton is an ideal location for adding ready-to-serve soup and broth production capability due to our highly skilled and dedicated work force and our ability to produce products efficiently,” Mark Cacciatore, Campbell’s senior director of operations for the Maxton facility, said in a statement. “With this added capacity, we will be able to meet the ongoing consumer demand for these packaged products.”

The expansion was made possible in part by a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund, an industrial recruitment fund.