Valley Fine Foods adding 25 more employees

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 03:16 AM

Valley Fine Foods in Forest City is beginning a transition for a second shift production line of its ravioli product.

Scott Webber, human resources manager, said a second shift evolve with about 20 to 25 employees that will be hired in the near future.

"We're bringing some folks on periodically and getting them trained and getting then transitioned to a second shift," Webber said. "This is more of a staggered transition to the second shift."

The ravioli production line has been very busy at different times creating a seven day work week.

"We'd like to get two shifts running five days a week," he said.

The fresh ravioli and ready-made gourmet pasta meals are not available in the Rutherford County market, but Webber said "we're hoping that will change. We need to work all that out. We'd like to get the products here."

They can be purchased at Harris-Teeter stores at Coscos, Sam's Club, The Fresh Market and other larger outlets in the adjoining counties.

The California-based Prima Pasta gourmet food manufacturing plant, is located off Nu Way Packing Drive in Forest City.

Within the next three years, the company is scheduled to create 305 jobs, a requirement of grant projects. 

There are approximately 75 employees at the plant and the additional 25 will be coming on line soon.

The opening of the Forest City plant was made possible by a North Carolina Job Development Investment Grant and was made public last July by former Gov. Beverly Perdue. 

If Valley Fine Foods meets the targets called for under the agreement and sustains them for 10 years, the grant could yield $2.78 million in maximum benefits for the company. 

The average pay for the new jobs will be $31, 636 plus benefits. The average annual wage in Rutherford County is $29, 172. 

Other incentive grants from the town and Rutherford County also helped bring the company to Forest City. 

The plant is receiving its water, sewer and electric services from the Town of Forest City. 

Under the terms of the state grant the company is eligible to receive a grant equal to 70 percent of the state personal income withholding taxes derived from the creation of new jobs for each of the 10 years in which the company meets annual performance targets. 

Valley Fine Foods produces gourmet pasta dishes, including fresh ravioli and tortellini, with organic and gluten-free varieties. The family-owned company started making fresh pasta in 1984. 

Apply at the plant, located off U.S. 74B, west end Forest City or the Employment Security Commission, Trade Street in Forest City.