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Mt. Olive Pickle Company Announces Expansion
10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM
Mount Olive, NC - Officials from the County of Wayne and the Town of Mount Olive joined community leaders, representatives from Mt. Olive Pickle Company and the Wayne County Development Alliance today to celebrate Mt. Olive Pickle Company’s expansion into the Mount Olive Industrial Park.
The celebration was capped off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Mount Olive Shell Building, which company officials announced will be named the John N. Walker Warehouse. The late John Neal Walker led the company from 1955 until 1990.
“As our sales have grown, our storage needs have grown as well,” said Bill Bryan, executive chairman of the company. The Walker Warehouse, located just north of the company’s distribution center, provides storage capacity of an additional 650,000 cases.
“This facility proved to be the most logical option for us in terms of proximity to our current facilities and the shorter timeframe required to up fit it for our needs,” Bryan said. The company announced the purchase in April, and by Thursday’s ceremony pallets of pickles already stood in place.
The 55,000 square feet building was the first facility erected in the Mount Olive Industrial Park. The location and size of the building made it an ideal fit for Mt. Olive Pickle Company’s warehouse and storage needs. The facility can be expanded to 100,000 square feet on site to facilitate additional growth if needed.
Wayne Aycock, Wayne County of Commissioners Board Chairman stated, “Wayne County and the cities and towns within are always in support of growth of our existing industries. With Mount Olive Pickle being one of our larger industries it is exciting to see them expand and create jobs within this community. It was a pleasure working with Mount Olive Pickle during this process.”
Joe Scott, Town of Mount Olive Commissioner added, “The Town of Mount Olive is always excited to see one of its own companies grow. With the added addition to The Mount Olive Industrial Park, more jobs are created and we all grow in Wayne County. Mount Olive Pickle Company is a good partner to our Town and has for many years brought much-needed jobs. As the Pickle Company grew and expanded, so did the town. I would like to thank Mr. Bill Bryan and Mr. Bobby Frye for their dedication in making all this possible.”
The company began manufacturing pickles in Wayne County in 1926 and has grown to be the largest privately held pickle company in the United States. Mt. Olive Pickle Company continues to see sales growth into new markets and is now the second best selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes with distribution in all 50 states.
Chuck Allen, Chairman of the Wayne County Development Alliance board, stated, “Mt. Olive Pickle Company’s commitment to Wayne County is a testament to the relationship that exists between their leadership, the Development Alliance, the Town of Mount Olive, and the County of Wayne. It is great to see a company like Mt. Olive Pickle expand into the Mount Olive Industrial Park. Mt. Olive Pickle Company has a longstanding history in Wayne County. The company is a major employer in Wayne County and continues to invest in our community. We truly value their presence in Wayne County and wish them continued success.”