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Burke County Welcomes UNIX Packaging

For Immediate Release

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (May 27, 2020) – North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that UNIX Packaging will open a location in Morganton creating at least 151 new jobs by the end of 2022 and approximately 226 new jobs over five years with an investment of approximately $18.5 million. UNIX specializes in manufacturing a variety of types of drinks which include functional beverages, carbonated soft drinks, dietary supplements, purified and enhanced waters, alkaline waters, kombucha and teas.

“We are pleased with the announcement of UNIX Packaging locating in Burke County. This will be a boost to our economy and fits well with our slogan “All about Advancing!” said Johnnie Carswell, Chair of Burke County Commissioners.   “We welcome UNIX to Burke County and look forward to building on a long-term, successful relationship.”

UNIX Packaging, with headquarters in Montebello, California, prides themselves on quality control, consistency in productivity, and assuring their customers guaranteed line time and growth potential.  The Safe Quality Food System at UNIX Packaging Inc. is the platform that they use universally to process and provide products & services that are safe for consumption, compliance with quality standards, meet or exceed customer specifications, comply with all corresponding statutory and regulatory requirement, and to create value for consumers. 

“We are very excited UNIX Packaging chose to move their operation to our community,” said Mayor of Morganton, Ronnie Thompson. “Morganton is committed to creating opportunities for everyone. We welcome this project as it takes steps toward achieving our shared goals for the community.”

The company will locate in the 318K square foot facility formerly operated by Ice River Springs located at 100 Ceramic Tile Drive, Morganton, NC. The jobs will meet or exceed the average county wage and will include healthcare benefits.

“During what is a very difficult time in our community, when we are very focused on our existing businesses, we appreciate that UNIX Packaging decided to open a new facility in Morganton,” stated Alan Wood, President and CEO of Burke Development, Inc. “I particularly want to thank Carl Rees with ElectriCities who was instrumental in developing this lead and helping to make this project a reality. All of our partners have played key roles in this project proving that by working together we can accomplish great things.”

Burke Development, Inc. would like to thank all partners for their efforts on this project including, N.C. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority, the North Carolina Community College System, Western Piedmont Community College, ElectriCities, Western Piedmont Council of Governments, Burke County, the City of Morganton, Senator Warren Daniel and Representative Hugh Blackwell.

About Burke Development, Inc.

Burke Development, Inc. (BDI) is a nonprofit organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, government agencies and other entities to facilitate expansion strategies for existing businesses and recruit target industries to Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.



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