America's Largest Turkey Producer Moves to Wake County

Butterball, LLC Will Create Jobs, Opportunities In Relocation Of Corporate

Headquarters To Garner's Greenfield North Business Park

Aug 09, 2007, 01:00 ET from Butterball, LLC

    GARNER, N.C., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Butterball, LLC, the nation's
 largest turkey producer, has announced it will relocate its corporate
 headquarters from Mount Olive, N.C., to Garner, N.C., in spring 2008. The
 company's more than $12 million investment in Garner's Greenfield North
 business park will add approximately 70 corporate and executive-level
 management jobs to the local community over the next three years.
     Butterball, LLC, the new company formed after Carolina Turkeys'
 acquisition of the Butterball brand in 2006, evaluated locations throughout
 the country for its corporate headquarters to accommodate needs for
 additional space and easy access to an international airport.
     "Our company has a strong tradition in North Carolina dating back to
 1986, and we are proud that our headquarters will remain in our great
 state," said Keith Shoemaker, President and CEO of Butterball, LLC. "We
 quickly realized that Garner offers us numerous advantages. We are a big
 company with a family culture, and the town of Garner gives us a hometown
 base within easy reach of all the amenities the Triangle has to offer - an
 international airport, a talented labor pool and a vibrant business
     Butterball, LLC will occupy 46,000 square feet of office space on more
 than 12 acres in Greenfield North, located near Interstate 40 and U.S. 70.
 Construction will take place in two phases. The first phase is expected to
 be complete in Spring 2008, and a groundbreaking ceremony is being
 scheduled for September.
     Tri Properties Corporate Services Division, based in Durham,
 represented Butterball, LLC in the world headquarters site search and
 subsequent lease negotiations, and Craig Davis Properties manages
 Greenfield North.
     "I grew up in Garner, and I'm thrilled that Butterball recognizes what
 I've known all these years: Garner is a great place to live and work," said
 Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams. "This is a great day for Garner."
     Neal Padgett, president of the Garner Chamber of Commerce, said
 Butterball, LLC will be a strong addition to the town's growing business
     "Garner is the gateway to the Triangle - and through the Triangle, to
 the entire world," Padgett said. "Garner is on the verge of rapid growth.
 We're about to break wide open."
     Butterball, LLC's new headquarters will contribute to the growth of
 Greenfield North, located a few miles southeast of downtown Raleigh. It
 offers a combination of industrial, office, flex and retail product types.
     Salaries for Butterball LLC's workforce in Garner will vary by job
 function, but the average will be higher than Wake County's average weekly
 salary of $694, not including benefits.
     Butterball, LLC, was formed in October 2006 when Carolina Turkeys
 acquired the Butterball brand from ConAgra Foods. Since its creation in
 1954, Butterball has consistently pioneered product innovation in the
 turkey industry and is the world's most widely recognized turkey brand. The
 company is the largest producer of turkey in the United States, with more
 than 1.4 billion pounds per year. Butterball, LLC operates seven processing
 plants and employs more than 6,000 associates in Arkansas, Colorado,
 Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina. For more information, please visit

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