NEW INFO: Hundreds Of New Jobs Coming To Kinston

A big shot in the arm for one county's economy as Smithfield Packing Company says it will bring 330 new jobs, while a plant in Virginia will close.

The Smithfield plant in Kinston will expand over the next three years, spending $85.5 million on that project. At the same time, Smithfield says it will close its plant in Portsmouth, Virginia throwing 425 employees out of work. The company says production of hot dogs and lunch meat in Portsmouth will be shifted to Kinston.

Governor Beverly Perdue says the expansion was made possible by a $700,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

A news release says salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $27,644, plus benefits. The Lenoir County average annual wage is $29,276.

In 2008 Smithfield closed its second Kinston plant on Vernon Avenue. Some 500 people lost their jobs in that move.


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  • by Tom Location: Eastern North Carolina on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    Portsmouth, Virginia plants are not in the Free Trade zone / tax free zone "Global Trans-park zone"
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM
    The news story incorrectly named the company. It's Smithfield PACKING, not PACKAGING. This expansion WILL take place in Kinston. It's a state-of-the-art facility. Employees of other manufacturing plants would love to work at this plant. To address the comment that Smithfield will pay employees less in NC, take a look at the cost of living difference in Hampton Roads, VA versus Eastern NC. It is significantly cheaper (by almost 50%) for housing in this part of NC.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    Not griping, just stating the obvious. Guarantee you that this will NEVER come to light..
  • by william Location: eastern NC on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    NC should be really proud to spend $ 700,000 to move a plant from virginia to NC with a nearly 100 net job loss. That's what I call real good business Gov !!!
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    This is great news, I bet the obstructionist Republicans can't stand this. As far as them hiring illegals, I very seriously doubt it. Do you have any idea what kind of massive penalties they would incur if they got caught hiring illegals? Go ask Butterball in Mount Olive.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 10, 2011 at 12:55 PM in reply to Lavon
      Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a national organization with many supporters in North Carolina, is calling on their state and national supporters to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting a raid on the Smithfield Packing Company’s processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C. for knowingly hiring illegal aliens. "We applaud Smithfield Foods Incorporated's initial efforts to screen out illegal alien employees," said William Gheen of ALIPAC. "But they have rehired these illegal aliens who are using fraudulent documents and stolen identities. Smithfield Foods Inc. is now knowingly violating federal law. We want ICE to come and do the job taxpayers pay them to do. We want ICE and Smithfield Packing to remove all illegal aliens from their workforce immediately." ALIPAC's citizen activists will begin calling, e-mailing, and faxing federal authorities and Smithfield Foods Inc. TODAY to demand immediate action to remove all illegal alien employees from their workforce. A few weeks ago, Smithfield Foods discovered that approximately 600 of their employees had social security numbers on file that did not match with their names at the Social Security Administration. They fired 75 of these employees for providing false documents and information. Labor Unions seized on the issue and hundreds of Latino workers walked off the job in protest. Smithfield Foods caved in to this pressure and rehired the illegal aliens that had provided false information.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Why does it matter if they are legal or not? The legal ones don't work and live off of our tax dollars. The illegal ones actually work.
  • by OSOC Location: Washington on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    Wonder how many legal workers will be employed? Illegal aliens own the food industry packing plants these days....google, has plenty of stories about it.
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      by To OSOC on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:56 AM in reply to OSOC
      More negativism from a "Do nothing" supporter!
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        by Obama Snake Oil co on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:59 PM in reply to To OSOC
        Again, you inability to research the internet for the truth and facts, just proves the party aspect of your blogs. It doesn't constitute a concern for me when you post something most of us consider...well, stupid. Name calling and insisting I am negative...nope, happy go lucky and glass half full kind of guy! Get over your loss in 2010...no one wants to see you cry in public when "anybody but Obama" takes the whitehouse...geez, I told you guys to buy koolaid and tissues on sale but Obimboinflation has driven all the costs up now. Hey, Webster gets new words to add...the only positive thing Obimbo will contribute after his failure as a leader. Hey, you knew, he told you, you voted for him anyway....good luck with hopey changey....some say sucker, I say uninformed....you just proved the point.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:53 AM in reply to OSOC
      But you still want to give their employers massive tax breaks while working Americans take up the slack. Is there anything you can't be negative and hateful about?
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Nov 10, 2011 at 12:57 PM in reply to
        Sorry the truth and facts at at you little pumkin findertips; Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, a national organization with many supporters in North Carolina, is calling on their state and national supporters to contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requesting a raid on the Smithfield Packing Company’s processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C. for knowingly hiring illegal aliens. "We applaud Smithfield Foods Incorporated's initial efforts to screen out illegal alien employees," said William Gheen of ALIPAC. "But they have rehired these illegal aliens who are using fraudulent documents and stolen identities. Smithfield Foods Inc. is now knowingly violating federal law. We want ICE to come and do the job taxpayers pay them to do. We want ICE and Smithfield Packing to remove all illegal aliens from their workforce immediately." ALIPAC's citizen activists will begin calling, e-mailing, and faxing federal authorities and Smithfield Foods Inc. TODAY to demand immediate action to remove all illegal alien employees from their workforce. A few weeks ago, Smithfield Foods discovered that approximately 600 of their employees had social security numbers on file that did not match with their names at the Social Security Administration. They fired 75 of these employees for providing false documents and information. Labor Unions seized on the issue and hundreds of Latino workers walked off the job in protest. Smithfield Foods caved in to this pressure and rehired the illegal aliens that had provided false information.
  • by some guy Location: somewheeeere over the rainbow on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    good. some industry here for a change.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Would this be some of the 425 Smithfield is eliminating in the Portsmouth, Va. plant that it is closing down. While I'm happy for Kinston, by my accounting, this is still a net loss of nearly a hundred jobs. And is Botox-Bev going to claim credit for bringing these jobs to NC?
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      by Common Sense on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:55 AM in reply to Boats
      Well it sure wasn't the do-nothing Republicans that brought the jobs here. They're trying as hard as they can to make us a backward, ignorant state. Not very attractive to employers.
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        by Paul on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:17 AM in reply to Common Sense
        I guess it was some other NC General Assembly that appropriated the 700K
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        by WOW on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:33 AM in reply to Common Sense
        Care to explain "how"?
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        by karen on Nov 10, 2011 at 01:38 PM in reply to Common Sense
        Any facts to back up your nonsense statement? Didn't think so.
  • by I Fought the Law on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    That's great news for Kinston. The town of Wilson could learn a lot from Kinston as they are trying to stop Sanderson Farm's from bringing 1200 jobs into their neighboring community of Rocky Mount. What a bunch of knuckleheads....epsecially when these fine outstanding leaders go out and pack their bellies at Bill's and Parker's BBQ on a regular basis.
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