Charlotte peels Chiquita from Cincinnati, relocation announced today!
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Justin Ruckman
The official press conference is at 4pm today, w/ Governor Perdue in attendance.
“A North Carolina development panel has approved $22 million in incentives to bring the firm to Charlotte. Charlotte City Council approved $1 million in relocation incentives to Chiquita Brands International in early September. Of the $22 million incentives package, $20 million will come from the state and $2 million from local government.
The panel says the move will bring about 375 jobs by 2014 at an average salary of $107,000.”
The Observer has some slightly different numbers, and adds a bit more information:
“The company is set to bring 417 jobs to the city. It wasn’t immediately known how many will be employees who relocate from Cincinnati, Ohio, where Chiquita currently employs about 400 people. The jobs will have an average salary of $96,121, according to a state incentives package, and must be in Charlotte by 2014.
In addition to the headquarters, the company will also have a research and development facility in Mecklenburg County, at a site still to be determined. (…)
The Charlotte Business Journal is reporting that Chiquita may take space in the NASCAR Plaza tower adjoining the NASCAR Hall of Fame, as well as possibly re-branding the business.”
The Duke Energy building will be lit yellow tonight in celebration.
Who knows how much everyone’s #bananasforclt tweets helped sway their decision, but it definitely didn’t hurt!
Apparently there is always money in the banana stand.