It’s official: Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries, maker of the popular Biscoff cookies served by airlines, will open its first U.S manufacturing operation in Alamance County, a $50 million facility that will employ 60 by Dec. 31, 2020. The announcement was made Friday by Gov. Pat McCrory. Lotus Bakeries has about 1,350 employees worldwide. The facility to be built by Greensboro-based Samet Corp. at the N.C. Industrial Center in Mebane “is a strong fit for our state’s food manufacturing industry,” MCrory said. “This company recognizes that North Carolina’s convenient location, excellent business climate and well- trained workforce will support its North American growth strategy.”
Lotus Bakeries plans to add bakers, packagers, quality assurance specialists and other employees to its new Mebane facility. The average salary for the jobs is expected to be $35,931. Lotus’ facility will add a total annual payroll of $2.1 million.
Jan Boone, CEO of Lotus Bakeries, said the company’s U.S. plant is a “major step” for the Belgium firm. “For the first time since our foundation in 1932 Biscoff will be produced outside of Lembeke, Belgium,” Boone said. “Lotus Bakeries and all its employees are extremely proud with this expansion in the world’s largest consumer market.”
The company announced that it is officially expanding after the city of Mebane and Alamance County approved a total of $2.9 million worth of incentives for the bakery firm. The state of North Carolina provided a performance-based grant of up to $180,000 from the One North Carolina Fund.
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