Food maker Hans Kissle has just announced plans to build their first Southeast facility in Gaston County. The sprawling new complex will cost $42.2 million and is expected to bring at least 219 new jobs to the area, according to a press release.
Hans Kissle makes a variety of fresh prepared foods for supermarkets and foodservice customers throughout the US.
Since first opening in Massachusetts in 1984, the company has since expanded to over 700 unique items, including premium entrees, delicatessen salads, side dishes, quiches and other great tasting, and fresh ready-to-eat foods.
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Hans Kissle’s expansion to Gastonia will increase production and distribution capacity for its food items and add approximately 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
“Gastonia is a thriving community with a talented workforce, and we are proud to put down roots and call it home for our new facility. We look forward to bringing great jobs to the community and being a positive contributor in many ways,” said Kissle CEO Scott Moffitt.
The estimated 219 new jobs will will all have a salary of at least Gaston County’s average annual wage of $42,018.
Due to Hans Kissle locating in Gaston County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving $239,600 into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account was set up to help rural communities across the state finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business.