Aseptia to hire 75 for food factory

November 2, 2011 

A food processor plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Montgomery County and create 75 jobs over the next three years.

Aseptia, which processes food and vegetables, plans to invest $10.15 million in a facility in Troy, about 100 miles southwest of Raleigh, that will operate as Wright Foods.

The company received a $150,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.

Raleigh-based Aseptia uses technology licensed at N.C. State University to produce food products that maintain the flavor, color and nutrients of fresh foods without refrigeration.

The Wright Foods' facility will mostly focus on producing retail food products for other companies.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $31,470, plus benefits. The Montgomery County average is $28,808.

One of Aseptia's executives, J. Michael Drozd, is also president and CEO of Empire Foods, which is opening a food-processing facility in Halifax County. Empire Foods' chairman is downtown Raleigh developer Greg Hatem.

Empire is focusing on selling large packages of fruits and vegetables to hotels, restaurants, school systems, the military and other institutions.

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