Trinity Frozen Foods, a frozen food manufacturing company, will invest more than $15 million locate its operations in Pembroke, North Carolina, with plans to hire 149 employees during the next three years.
Wth management offices in Charlotte, Trinity will construct a sweet potato processing facility in Pembroke and has initial plans to produce 12 to 15 million pounds of sweet potato fries annually. The company plans to expand eventually to produce 50 million pounds of sweet potato fries each year. North Carolina is the nation’s leading grower of sweet potatoes.
“This will be the most modern and technological facility of its type in the world,” said Jere Null, CEO of Trinity Frozen Foods. “We are excited to be locating it here in North Carolina amongst the largest, most abundant source of sweet potatoes in the country.”
“North Carolina is proud of its strong roots in agriculture,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “It makes great business sense for Trinity to locate near a majority of the growers in the state and the entire Southeast. We’re excited to welcome the company here and strengthen our agribusiness economy.”
“North Carolina has always been a leader in agriculture and food production,” said Sharon Decker, N.C. Secretary of Commerce. “Trinity Frozen Foods’ decision to locate in Robeson County will provide additional business for our sweet potato growers as demand for their crop increases.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $500,000. The grant is contingent upon proof of job creation and receipt of a local funding match. The 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.