Governor Bev Perdue on Oct. 4 announced that Unilever United States Inc., a manufacturer of personal care products, will expand its operations in Hoke County. The company plans to add 21 jobs and invest $29.9 million over the next three years in Raeford. The project was made possible in part by a $63,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Martie Butler was the developer on this project.
Unilever produces personal care products, including anti-perspirants and deodorants, body and hair care products under the brand names of Axe, Dove, Caress, Degree, TRESemmé, St. Ives and Suave. Its Raeford facility is the largest anti-perspirants and deodorants stick plant in the world. Unilever currently employs more than 320 people in North Carolina.
Other partners that helped with this project include: N.C. Community Colleges, Hoke County and the City of Raeford. Read more.