Dole Food opened its first plant in
North Carolina Wednesday. The 54 million dollar salad-packaging
plant will employ 350 people.
The company received government incentives worth up to 8.5 million dollars to open the 285-thousand-square-foot facility west of Charlotte. The area has been hit hard by layoffs in the textile industry.
Dole said the Bessemer City facility could expand to employ up
to 900 people over the next ten years.