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 climate." 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 community. "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. ABOUT BUTTERBALL, LLC 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 www.butterball.com.
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