Nutkao to add more jobs


Staff Writer

Monday, April 2, 2018

An Italian food manufacturer that opened a facility in 2015 in Nash County is looking to increase employment at its plant.

Nutkao USA in the Whitakers Business & Industry Center is projected to add 10 new jobs over the next 18 months, said Melissa Cahoon, director of corporate training at Nash Community College.

Nutkao announced in 2013 it would invest $7.3 million in Nash County and create 56 jobs within three years. Reports said Nutkao’s investment in the Twin Counties could potentially be worth $74 million. 

It was reported in 2017 that Nutkao employed 30 workers at its 100,000-square-foot production facility. Cahoon said the company has one major line at its local facility and is in the process of instituting some upgrades by adding another line similar to one in its plant in Italy.

Cahoon added the jobs will mostly be in its research and development department.

“Their research and development will look to do some things to try to expand their products in the marketplace,” Cahoon said. 

Nutkao is benefiting from a $210,000 One North Carolina Fund grant as it fills out its workforce. NCC is providing about $60,000 in free customized employee training.

Davide Braida, president of Nutkao USA, said NCC provides all of the training for the company’s local employees.

Cahoon said in the near future, NCC will be providing food and safety classes that are essential for employees because of new guidelines that have been issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“They have to adhere to FDA regulations because they’re a food market,” she said. “Some of the FDA standards have recently changed, so we will be working with them to bring their employees up to that standard of training. There are some additional classes that employees must have to maintain a level of expertise to work in the food industry.”

Nutkao was founded in 1982 by Giuseppe Braida and has produced cocoa and hazelnut spreads and semi-finished products for the sweet industry for almost 35 years.