Animal Feed Supplier Selects Wayne County, N.C. for New Facility

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that ACX Pacific Northwest Inc. will locate a new facility in Wayne County. The company plans to create 38 jobs and invest $4.7 million over the next three years in Goldsboro. The project was made possible in part by a $60,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

“My first priority is creating jobs. Our state’s top-notch business climate continues to attract companies like ACX,” said Gov. Perdue. “This announcement also strengthens our state’s agriculture industry by increasing opportunities to get North Carolina grown crops to market.”

ACX Pacific Northwest, founded in 1978, is headquartered in Bakersfield, Calif. The company is a leading supplier of long-fiber forage and roughage products including alfalfa hay, timothy hay, Sudangrass, oat hay and grass hay. Its products are sold to the dairy, beef, horse, camel, goat and animal feed industries located in Asia and the Middle East. ACX plans to purchase hay products, such as Bermuda grass, directly from North Carolina farmers.

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new positions will be more than $1 million.

“ACX is looking forward to working with farmers in North Carolina to transition the abundant Bermuda grass byproduct into a long-term, viable source of feed for our customers and partners overseas,” said John M. Gombos, president and CEO of ACX.

The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. These grants also require and are contingent upon local matches.

North Carolina continues to have a top-ranked business climate. Through Gov. Perdue’s JobsNOW initiative, the state works aggressively to create jobs, train and retrain its workforce, and lay the foundation for a strong and sustainable economic future.

Through use of the One NC Fund, more than 65,000 jobs and $12 billion in investments have been created since 2001.  Other partners that helped with this project include: the N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community Colleges, Wayne County, Wayne County Development Alliance and the City of Goldsboro.