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P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Empire Foods ready to hire
New facility on schedule for June opening
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Staff Photo by Morris Stephenson: People started arriving at The Franklin Center early Wednesday morning to pick up job applications for openings at Empire Foods. William Chewning takes an application from Oneda Mason, foreground, while Stacey Jones hands one to Matthew Schultz.

Friday, March 26, 2010


Empire Foods, Franklin County's newest industry, is on track to be operating by June and the company is ready to hire employees.

Nora Barker, general manager, said the company will be conducting interviews from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday at The Franklin Center at 50 Claiborne Avenue in Rocky Mount.

Haven Price, owner of building contractor Price Buildings Inc., said he expects the new facility to be ready for occupancy in June, as originally announced.

The announcement that the company will build a $3.5 million, 45,000-square-foot production facility at the Franklin County/Rocky Mount Industrial Park was made in November 2008.

The company, based in Cincinnati, currently has a production facility in Roanoke, but will be moving its operations to the new facility here.

Barker said the company is a bakery, making decorative cakes and cookies for major retail grocers.

Between 85 and 100 workers will be hired within three years, but some of those employees will transfer from the Roanoke facility.

Barker said employment opportunities are available in cake decorating and cookie production. Applications must be picked up in advance at the Franklin Center and must be returned Saturday morning in person, according to Barker.

The pay starts at $9 an hour with a 50-cent increase the week of July 12, she said, adding that insurance and 401k benefits are available after 90 days.

Employees must train at the Roanoke facility and work there until transferring to Rocky Mount when the new building is completed in the industrial park, located on Weaver Street, off State Street, Barker added.

Barker lives in the Smith Mountain Lake area, while Karen Guilliams, her assistant, resides in the Ferrum section of the county.

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