Governor Easley Announces 200 Jobs in Caldwell County

November 13, 2008

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North Carolina Governor Mike Easley announced November 13, 2008 that Merchants Distributors Inc., a leading wholesale food distribution company and a subsidiary of Alex Lee Foods, will expand its distribution center in Hickory, North Carolina.   MDI will invest $50.5 million over the next five years and will add 200 new jobs paying an average annual salary of $51,123.

Chris Lloyd with the McGuireWoods Consulting Business Expansion team assisted MDI with economic development incentives negotiations.  The benefits awarded to MDI include a Job Development Investment Grant that could result in up to $2.82 million for the company.