Perdue Foods is expanding its broiler plant in Rockingham, North Carolina. The expansion, valued at $10.9 million, includes the addition of new production positions which will enable the company to hire 30 more people.
“We are pleased to continue to invest in the Rockingham facility and in our associates. This expansion brings additional jobs and new capabilities to strengthen the Rockingham plant going forward,” said Kendall Casey, Perdue Foods’ director of operations in Rockingham.
The added workforce is expected to generate about $886,000 in annual payroll impact for the local economy, according to a press release from the office of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.
“North Carolina welcomes the decision by this longtime consumer foods leader to grow jobs and expand operations in North Carolina,” said McCrory. “Perdue Foods’ commitment to quality and innovation continues to make it a great fit for our food manufacturing community.”
Perdue Food’s expansion in North Carolina was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $90,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance in support of local governments in creating jobs and attracting economic investment. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for grant funds. All One NC grants require a local government match. Also supporting the expansion was a $1 million grant from the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority to Richmond County for assistance with upgrades to a water treatment plant that serves Perdue Farms, the county’s largest employer.