GOLDSBORO – Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc., will expand its North Carolina footprint, opening two facilities in Goldsboro, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

The company will invest more than $35 million in an expansion, which will create 167 jobs in Wayne County, according to the announcement, which was livestreamed on Facebook.

“Some of our very best business recruiters are the existing industries that continue to reinvest in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper in a statement shared with WRAL TechWire. “The expansion of a household brand like Mt. Olive Pickle Company proves that North Carolina’s quality of life, central location, and experienced talent are attractive to growing companies.”

Expanding in Wayne County

The company is headquartered in Mount Olive, North Carolina, and has operated in the state since 1926.

According to the company, the investment in two Goldsboro site will total more than 290,000 square feet, and support three additional production lines as well as expanding the company’s warehousing and distribution operations.

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“The Goldsboro expansion relieves pressures on the company’s facilities in Mount Olive and positions us to handle growth well into the future,” said Bobby Frye, president and CEO of Mt. Olive Pickle in a statement.  “We are pleased that all of our operations will remain in Wayne County.”

According to the company, it will hire as many as 167 workers, including forklift drivers, truck drivers, manufacturing staff, and managerial personnel, with average wages of more than $41,400.

The company will receive a performance-based grant of $600,000 from the One North Carolina Fund, the statement noted.

A New Jersey-based company, Hosokawa Custom Processing Services, selected Goldsboro for a new facility in 2021 with plans to invest $6.5 million and hiring some 16 workers.

“Mt. Olive Pickle has successfully operated in eastern North Carolina for nearly a century,” said N.C. Department of Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders in the statement. “With a strategic plan focused on training and development, we are aligning resources that will provide the diverse workforce and talent pipeline that agribusinesses will need to continue innovating in the future.”