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The Kannapolis City Council will consider offering Dole Food Company, Inc. an incentive grant during their regular business meeting on Monday. The company would like to move its East Coast Fresh Fruit Sales Division to the North Carolina Research Campus.

The sales division will include 19 employees who have positions in administration, sales, marketing, nutrition and food safety. The company will transfer and hire locally for the positions with annual salaries ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to over $100,000, which is significantly above the average county wages. They plan to occupy 6,800 square feet in the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory on the campus.

The one-time incentive grant would be for $100,000 and the company anticipates spending $882,000 to build-out and equip the space they need in the core lab.

“We are pleased that this Dole Food Division is moving to Kannapolis. This will strengthen the links between nutrition and the studies underway on the North Carolina Research Campus. We look forward to welcoming them to our community,” commented Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant.