Unilever United States Inc., a manufacturer of personal care products, will invest nearly $30 million to expand its deodorant manufacturing operations center in Hoke County, Raeford, North Carolina.
Unilever produces personal care products, including antiperspirants and deodorants, body and hair care products under the brand names of Axe, Dove, Caress, Degree, TRESemmé, St. Ives and Suave. Its Raeford facility is the largest antiperspirant and deodorants stick plant in the world, located at 211 Highway E and Faberge Boulevard in Raeford, west of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Unilever currently employs more than 320 people in North Carolina, with plans to hire at least 21 additional employees as part of this recent expansion.
Gov. Bev Perdue said the project was made possible, in part, by a $63,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. "Our world-class workforce and strong business climate makes North Carolina an ideal place for manufacturers like Unilever to thrive and grow," she said.
"Unilever's Raeford facility will make effective use of this generous grant by providing the necessary training to our new hires as part of our site expansion," said Georgia Szewczak, Raeford Supply Leader. "The support of the One North Carolina Fund program will help further drive our own competitiveness in the market as well as provide jobs and additional tax revenue to the local region. We are grateful for this support."
The Governor's office said One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.
"I'm very pleased to see Unilever expanding its facility in Raeford and creating new jobs," said Rep. Garland Pierce of Wagram. Our business-friendly climate allows companies like Unilever to expand and thrive."