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STOKESDALE, N.C. — Gov. Bev Perdue announced Wednesday that Kalo Foods LLC, a baker of gluten-free gourmet food products, will locate its operations in Rockingham County. 

The company plans to create 21 jobs and invest nearly $650,000 over three years in Stokesdale.  

Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will be $33,524, officials said.  The Rockingham County average annual wage is $31,148.

The project was made possible in part by a $70,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund. 

Kalo Foods was created in 2011 to develop and market a unique line of gourmet gluten-free products and mixes. The company was founded by Michael Cusato, a service-disabled veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and Gerald Cusato, a U.S. Army veteran. Kalo’s products, which include artisan pizzas and pie crusts, cookies, brownies, and mixes, are sold under the Geralbaldi and Kalo brands.

The company plans to sell its products in the Triad area market as well as through its website.