ACX to Locate New Facility In Wayne County

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The Wayne County Development Alliance, Inc. and Governor Bev Perdue announced today that ACX Pacific Northwest, Inc. will locate a new facility in Wayne County. The company plans to create 38 jobs and invest $4.7 million over the next three years in Goldsboro. ACX plans to renovate and lease the former 158,400 square foot Carolina Tobacco Warehouse located on Jeffreys Lane.

The Wayne County Development Alliance, Inc. and Governor Bev Perdue announced today that ACX Pacific Northwest, Inc. will locate a new facility in Wayne County.  The company plans to create 38 jobs and invest $4.7 million over the next three years in Goldsboro.  ACX plans to renovate and lease the former 158,400 square foot Carolina Tobacco Warehouse located on Jeffreys Lane.

ACX Pacific Northwest, founded in 1978, is headquartered in Bakersfield, Calif. The company is a leading supplier of long-fiber forage and roughage products including alfalfa hay, timothy hay, Sudangrass, oat hay and grass hay. Its products are sold to the dairy, beef, horse, camel, goat and animal feed industries located in Asia and the Middle East.  ACX plans to purchase hay products, such as Bermuda grass, directly from North Carolina farmers.

The project was made possible in part by a $60,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The One North Carolina Fund grant requires a 100% local match by a unit of local government. The County of Wayne is considering a $60,000 match to fulfill the requirement, pending the scheduling of a public hearing to address the issue Joanna Helms, President of the Wayne County Development Alliance stated, “This was a fast paced project and the company made a fairly quick, yet thoughtful decision.  The consideration by the County of Wayne regarding the One NC grant and the cooperative efforts by the City of Goldsboro concerning the building renovations were the tipping points to get this project located here.”

Grey Morgan, Chairman of the Wayne County Development Alliance stated, “ACX is a sound addition to our industrial community.  In addition to the 38 direct new jobs, there will be multiple indirect jobs created for bailing crews, farm laborers, trucking personnel and more. In this continued tough economy, the Development Alliance is grateful ACX chose Wayne County in which to locate their first East Coast operation.”