Up & Coming Weekly

April 20, 2021

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8 UCW APRIL 21-27, 2021 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Owned & Operated by TWO BROTHERS Catering I n t i m on y a t T h e V i n e P riva te • R o m a n tic • A f f o rd ab le C u st o m C a teri n g by T w o B r o t h ers Intimony at THE VINE Event Venue Wedding Packages Meeting & Party Facilities CALL 910-584-9892 to host your event CALL 910-584-9892 eVineNC.com or TwoBrothersCateringNC.com 806 Katie Street Fayetteville NC (Of f Owen Drive behind O-Reilly's) M areena & J a m es When caregivers give more than care, it's Harmony. ASSISTED LIVING | MEMORY CARE 910.849.2306 • HarmonyatHopeMills.com 7051 Rockfish Road, Fayetteville, NC. 28306 Cargill commits to expansion of Cumberland County plant by JEFF THOMPSON Cargill has chosen Cumberland County for a significant expansion of its plant by invest- ing $25 million to improve production capacity. A six-year performance-based incentive grant of $600,000 was approved by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners. e project, set to begin before the end of 2021, will generate tax revenue and increased economic activity which will offset the incentive, according to county officials. Additionally, the investment will help maintain the 70 jobs currently at the site, which have average salaries of $70,000 a year, well above Cumberland County's average wage. Cargill is a global leader in oilseed processing. ese investments are part of the organization's overall growth strategy in the U.S. and create an opportunity to better serve customers on both ends of the supply chain. All facilities will contin- ue to operate while construction and expansion are underway, Cargill said in a media release. "Cargill is a longtime employer in our com- munity and a buyer of the soybeans our farm- ers grow," said County Commission Chairman Charles Evans. "We are grateful the company is expanding their agribusiness operations here." Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the soybean oil manufacturing business has oper- ated its facility on River Road outside Fayetteville since 1970. e company evaluated competing locations for its investment and ultimately chose Cumberland County for the project which will invest $5 million in real estate improvements and $20 million in new personal property. "While we are always excited to bring new companies to our community, our top goal is to help existing businesses grow and flourish," said Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. Chairman Andrew Pennink. FCEDC is a public-private partnership designed to enhance job growth and prosperity in the re- gion by attracting new industry and growing and retaining existing industry. "Our plant in Cumberland County is an im- portant link in the supply chain for North Caro- lina farmers and livestock producers, and these investments will help us serve customers more efficiently," said Don Camden, vice president, Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain North America. "Cargill is committed to nourishing the world in a safe, responsible, sustainable way. We are part of the community and are proud to provide signifi- cant support for a number of organizations in the area funding nutrition and education program- ming projects, as well as COVID-19 relief." In partnership with global and local health experts, Cargill developed safety protocols to promote industry standards for health and safety. "Still, we have not been immune from the pan- demic," the company noted on its website. "When it hurts one of us, it impacts all of us." e com- pany closed two plants in Canada where employ- ees contracted coronavirus. In addition, Cargill launched the Cargill Cares Employee Disaster Relief Fund to help meet employees' immediate needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Cargill has 155,000 employees worldwide. e privately held firm was founded at the end of the American Civil War, by William Wallace Cargill. e company has grown from a grain storage fa- cility into an international producer and distribu- tor of agricultural products such as sugar, refined oil, chocolate, and turkey. Cargill also provides risk management, commodities trading and transportation services. Descendants of William Cargill and his son-in-law John MacMillan have owned common equity in the company for over 140 years. Learn more at www.cargill.com. JEFF THOMPSON, Reporter. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. NEWS

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