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Pate Dawson Company To Invest $9 million and Create 49 Jobs at New Facility in Statesville Business Park

Goldsboro, North Carolina-based foodservice distributor Pate Dawson Company (PDC) announced today it will invest $9 million over 3 years to locate a new distribution facility in Statesville, North Carolina.

The PDC Statesville facility will be located in the Statesville Business Park on US 70. The initial phase, which will begin immediately, will include the expansion of the existing 63,000 square foot Keith Corporation Shell Building to 105,000 square feet, and the creation of 49 new jobs. The average annual wage for all jobs will be $47,000.

PDC is one of the largest independent foodservice distributors in the Southeast; serving customers in fourteen states. Their current product line consists of about 6,500 items and includes fresh and frozen meats, poultry and seafood, fresh produce and dairy, frozen foods, canned and dry goods, paper products, foam and plastic containers, cleaning chemicals, supplies, and small wares.

“This project is an outstanding example of a public-private partnership,” said Mayor Costi Kutteh of Statesville. “The City of Statesville appreciates the hard work and professionalism of The Keith Corp. in marketing this park as a business destination. The effort of our City Staff, Iredell County, The Keith Corp. and Statesville Regional Development has contributed to bringing these new jobs and investment to our community. PDC is the type of company every City seeks, with strong values and a commitment to their employees and to the communities in which they operate. We are pleased to make this announcement and see this as a great way to end a challenging year and give us momentum as we begin 2012.”

Iredell County Board of Commissioners Chairman Steve Johnson echoed those remarks, stating that, “… we are very pleased to welcome Pate Dawson to Iredell County. As we grapple with structural changes in our economy, Food & Beverage seems to be one sector which has remained relatively stable and in which we have seen a lot of new activity locally. I want to thank Pate Dawson for locating their newest facility in Iredell County and want to work with them to make this a mutually-beneficial relationship for both them and the community.”

Statesville’s prime location at the intersection of I-77 and I-40, its proximity to major markets in the Southeast, and the ready availability of a skilled workforce were major factors in Statesville’s selection. In areas where additional training will be required, Mitchell Community College will team with PDC to implement an on-going workforce development program.

Statesville Regional Development Executive Director Michael Smith commented, “This is the second new company to locate in the Statesville Business Park in the past two years, and the second major announcement of new jobs and capital investment in the Statesville Region in the past two weeks. While the community still faces many challenges with the economy, this is clear evidence that we are headed in the right direction. Since the first of this year, we have announced more than 350 new jobs and over $80 million in new capital investment.”

Statesville Regional Development would like to recognize the following partners in this significant announcement for our community: the City of Statesville, Iredell County, PSNC Energy, ElectriCities of North Carolina, the NC Department of Commerce, the NC Community College System and Mitchell Community College, the One North Carolina Fund and the Greater Statesville Area Committee of 100.

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