Local plant expands, will offer hundreds of jobs

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If you’re looking for a job, try your luck at the Herbalife plant in Winston-Salem.

On Thursday, company officials announced they’re going to create 300 additional jobs by 2018. These positions are in addition to the 500 jobs the company promised to offer by the end of 2015.

Herbalife is a nutrition company that is headquartered in Los Angeles. The company turned the former Dell Inc. plant into a Herbalife facility. That grand opening was in January 2015, even though the job hiring process had started long before then.

The job expansion announcement was done while Gov. Pat McCrory was in town. The governor and company officials came together at the Winston-Salem plant to celebrate.

“It's an innovative company that is growing jobs,” McCrory said. “To have this major job announcement is good for a lot of families in the Triad and across North Carolina.”

The governor says the company was influenced to come to Winston-Salem and expand jobs because of the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, which is a reimbursement agreement between the state and a company that is dependent on the company meeting certain achievements. When Herbalife creates the 300 jobs it has promised, over the span of 12 years the company will get back $3 million from the state. A similar JDIG agreement was made in 2012 between Herbalife and the state, where the company will get money back after the creation of 500 jobs.

The city and county also made incentive arrangements with the company.

City Councilman James Taylor says this is great news to the community. Taylor says the company has more than 50 percent minorities on its workforce at the Winston-Salem plant. However, Taylor says the representation of diversity in upper management positions is low. Taylor says the company and city are addressing that.

Taylor also says that of the 300 new jobs promised, 70 percent of them will be for people locally, while 30 percent of them are reserved for those relocating from California.