eGourmet Solutions Inc., an online temperature-controlled logistics and supply chain company, will invest $500,000 to expand and upgrade its current distribution center in Wallace, North Carolina. The company plans to add 40 new jobs in Duplin County.
The company will modernize its distribution center with additional freezer and refrigeration space to meet the surge in demand for ecommerce fulfillment.
“We are very excited to continue to grow our business in North Carolina and reinforce our partnership with the local community,” said Germain Montagner, President of eGourmet Solutions. “This expansion will allow us to significantly broaden our East Coast operations to meet the increasing demands of the market.”
A performance-based grant of $120,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate eGourmet Solutions’ expansion. 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 matching participation from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a team of partners in supporting eGourmet’s decision to expand the warehouse in North Carolina. The average annual salary for the new warehouse positions is $36,000 creating a potential payroll impact of more than $1.4 million per year. Duplin County’s average annual salary is $35,585.
“eGourmet’s expansion is yet another example of North Carolina’s resilient economy,” said Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With our central East Coast location with more than 170 million customers within a day’s drive and our robust transportation infrastructure, logistics companies like eGourmet Solutions are on the road to long-term success.”
With three locations in the U.S., eGourmet Solutions is a leading national provider of e-commerce fulfillment services for frozen and refrigerated foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina were key partners in the project that included the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, James Sprunt Community College, Duplin County, the Duplin County Economic Development Commission and North Carolina’s Southeast.