Sweet deal: Japan’s Morinaga Co. opening Mebane confection plant, needs 90 workers

MEBANE, N.C. — Japan’s  Morinaga Co. & Ltd. celebrated their grand opening with Governor Pat McCrory in Mebane recently, announcing 90 new jobs and a $48 million, 120,000 square foot production plant in Orange County.

Morinaga’s Orange County facility is the company’s first production facility outside of Asia. Morinaga produces a wide array of confectioneries, including milk caramel, chocolates, cookies, cocoa mix and frozen desserts such as ice cream sandwiches and sundae cups. Its North Carolina products will primarily consist of blending syrup, sugar, flavorings and other ingredients to produce soft candy.

In his remarks, Governor McCrory credited Morinaga’s recruitment to North Carolina for helping to start the economic comeback the state has experienced in the last three years. Since January 2013, North Carolina’s private sector has created more than 275,000 new jobs, the state has had the fastest growing economy in the nation and was selected as the No. 1 state for business competitiveness by Site Selection Magazine.

READ MORE of this story in North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s Press Release. Photo courtesy of Morinaga America.

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