GOLDSBORO – There’s about to be a lot more tasty snacks coming through North Carolina’s economy as SunTree Snack Foods selected Goldsboro for an east coast manufacturing center this week.

SunTree is a producer of “on-trend snack nuts” as well as trail mixes and other snack products that are sold at national and regional retailers.  According to a statement, the company will invest $10.1 million in Goldsboro, the county seat of Wayne County.

The firm is expected to create at least 94 jobs, according to an announcement made by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, with those jobs paying average annual wages of $50,742.

Wayne County average annual wages are $40,996.

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“SunTree Snacks has made a great decision to establish an East Coast headquarters in Wayne County,” said Governor Cooper in a statement.  “Our quality of life, affordability, and manufacturing workforce continues to attract businesses from across the globe.”

Part of SunTree’s product lines is the production of private label product lines as well as store brand products sold in retail locations, according to the statement.

“The addition of this East Coast facility will allow us to efficiently serve the eastern U.S. distribution centers for national and regional retailers, and the expanded capacity will reduce lead times for our customers and minimize the ecological impact of long-haul shipping,” said Jeff Vogel, CEO of SunTree Snack Foods in the statement. We look forward to continuing our company’s growth and partnership with the state as we expand our market share in this geographic area.”

The 94 new positions will include machine operators, office and administrative staff, technicians, and managers.

To secure the project, the company will receive a performance-based grant of $250,000 from the One North Carolina Fund, according to the statement from Governor Cooper’s office.  All One North Carolina Fund grants require matching participation from local governments.

This is the latest economic development project announced in Goldsboro.  Earlier this year, Mt. Olive Pickle announced it would invest an additional $35 million in two facilities in the region, creating 167 jobs.

And last year, a chemical processing firm selected Goldsboro for a $6.5 million plant.

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