JBB Packaging will create 50 jobs and invest $11.9 million
Halifax, N.C. – JBB Packaging, LLC, a plastic packaging manufacturer, will open a new plastic film manufacturing facility in Halifax County, creating 50 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $11.9 million at the former Flambeau Building in Weldon.
“Manufacturers continue to choose North Carolina because of our strong infrastructure and experienced manufacturing workforce,” said Governor Cooper. “JBB Packaging has found the perfect location in Halifax County, and they’ll find a workforce and community here to help them succeed.”
JBB Packaging will recycle plastics and produce flexible packaging/garment bags. The company will renovate the former Flambeau Building in Becker Industrial Park and host state-of-the art equipment producing the highest quality packaging at the most affordable cost.
“JBB Packaging chose this location at the Becker Industrial Park because it was formerly used for plastics manufacturing, it has the space they need now and for future growth, and it’s half a mile from Interstate 95,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland, who made the announcement today along with Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “It’s this combination of infrastructure and industry expertise that makes Halifax County a winning choice for manufacturers.”
Salaries for the new position will vary. Once all positions are filled, the average salary is expected to be $40,400, above the Halifax County average salary of $31,839.
A performance-based grant of $150,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate JBB Packaging’s move to Halifax County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no
money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“We’re very pleased that JBB Packaging has selected Halifax County its new manufacturing facility,” said N.C. Senator Toby Fitch, Jr. “I welcome and look forward to working with the company’s executives to help them find success here.”
“Many local organizations and leaders worked together to help this company locate in Halifax County,” said N.C. Representative Michael H. Wray. “We’re proud of this collaboration and are ready to assist JBB Packaging as they grow in North Carolina.”
JBB Packaging is bringing quality, well-paying manufacturing jobs and a significant capital investment to Halifax County,” said Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. I am proud of our community’s effort to maximize our business talent, resources, and collaborative spirit to support the location of JBB Packaging,” Bryant added.
In addition to the North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, NC Railroad, Halifax County, Halifax Horizons, and the Halifax County Economic Development Commission.
Reser’s Fine Foods will add 79 jobs and invest $3.2 million in Halifax
Halifax, N.C. – Reser’s Fine Foods will expand its current operations in Halifax County, creating 79 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $3.2 million in Halifax with the project.
“Halifax County is a prime location for manufacturers with strategic access to rail and road transport,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland who was in Halifax County today for the announcement. “That transportation and distribution infrastructure, coupled with an experienced manufacturing workforce, made it the right choice for Reser’s to stay in North Carolina.”
Reser’s Fine Foods began in 1950 in Cornelius, Oregon producing refrigerated salads. Over the next several decades, the company expanded into several other food categories, including Mexican foods. In 2010, Reser’s expanded its West-based tortilla business by opening the Don Pancho facility in Halifax.
“Our tortilla business continued to grow in the Eastern United States over the past 9 years, and it became clear we needed to invest to support both current and future demand in this region,” says Reser’s Fine Foods CEO Mark Reser. “The One North Carolina Fund grant, along with the continued support of N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C., made the choice to invest here in Halifax an easy one. We will expand capacity by investing in new equipment at our existing plant, and increase the site’s workforce by nearly 40% over the next five years.”
Salaries for the new position will vary. Once all positions are filled, the average salary is expected to be $35,325, above the Halifax County average salary of $31,839.
A performance-based grant of $250,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Reser’s expansion in Halifax County. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
“Reser’s Fine Foods has been a strong partner here in Halifax County, and we are proud to continue winning their business with this expansion,” said N.C. Senator Toby Fitch, Jr.
“Reser’s Fine Foods chose to expand in Halifax because they know we have the workforce they need to succeed,” said N.C. Representative Michael H. Wray. “I’m proud to join the community in welcoming Reser’s expansion here.”
“Reser’s Fine Foods has a long history in Halifax County and we are thrilled to support them in the expansion of Don Pancho Authentic Mexican Food products,” said Vernon J. Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “We look forward to the positive impact this expansion will have on our community and to the residents employed by the company.”
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Halifax County and the Halifax County Economic Development Commission.
A well-known Halifax County business marked a major milestone Wednesday.
Patton Mechanical Service officially opened its new location at 16150 NC Highway 561 in Halifax with a grand opening ceremony at the site. The company, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Jesse and Sara Patton, specializes in heating, cooling, refrigeration, ice machines and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) services. Its new 7,500-square-foot building sits on two acres of land and features 2,400-square-feet of space for equipment storage and 2,400-square-feet of office space.
For the second year in a row, Site Selection Magazine has named the Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, which encompasses Halifax and Northampton Counties, received a ranking of #18 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects in 2017.
"It's great to see our area recognized as a Top Micropolitan Area and move up to the Top 20,” said Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “We are grateful to the companies that saw opportunity and invested here. Working together, we can continue the momentum and create even more economic opportunities for our citizens,” Bryant added.
Site Selection is a trade publication for site-selection consultants, corporate decision-makers, and economic developers. Site Selection’s Top Micropolitan rankings are based on qualifying new or expanding projects that create a minimum capital investment of at $1 million, create at least 50 new jobs or add at least 20,000 SF of new floor area. In compiling its list, Site Selection considered 575 micropolitan communities across the United States. A micropolitan area is defined as a community serving as a regional trade center that has a population of more than 10,000 people but less than 50,000.
Cathy Scott, Executive Director of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission, says the ranking confirms the Commission's message. "Halifax County has an environment that is encouraging private investment and job creation."
For a full list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas, click here.