Herbalife could bring 500 new jobs to Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- The city's mayor says a global nutrition and weight management company is considering the former Dell Plant for its newest manufacturing and distribution center.

According to Mayor Allen Joines, Herbalife is considering the vacant facility on Temple School Road, which could bring 500 jobs to Forsyth County.

Joines says Herbalife is considering both Winston-Salem and Atlanta, Georgia.

While Herbalife is not commenting, Joines says the Winston-Salem City Council Finance Committee will consider an incentives package worth $2.2 million next week in hopes of making Winston-Salem the more attractive choice. 

"We would make payments or return a portion of their tax payments over a 7 year period that would total about $2.2 million dollars, but the city will net about $400,000 over that same four year period, " said Joines.

 "The good news is they will invest about $100 million in the refurbishing of that building as well as hiring right at 500 new employees... an average salary of about $42,000."

Forsyth County Commissioner Dave Plyler says county leaders will likely consider a separate incentives package in December. 

Plyler says filling the plant and bringing new jobs in is a must.

"It doesn't get much better than that. We are in the right place at the right time and I'm just delighted this is a great golden opportunity," said Plyler.

Joines says Herbalife will make a decision by the end of the year.

Dell stopped manufacturing at the Winston-Salem plant in November of 2010.

Herbalife makes vitamins, dietary supplements, weight management systems and other nutritional aids.