Pembroke, NC- Governor Beverly Perdue arrived in Robeson County today to join the Robeson County officials as they announced 342 new jobs for the county. Steven Roberts Original Desserts and Ticklebelly were described as a delicious addition to the area as the company announced their decision to locate in Robeson County. The company has acquired the former Smith’s Bakery building, where they will produce and distribute frozen desserts to restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and theaters. In addition to providing 342 jobs the company will invest $4 million in Pembroke and surrounding areas.
The owners, Chairman Charles Kosmont and Steve Fabos President of Steven Roberts Original Desserts were present to make the announcement. They expressed their gratitude to the team of people responsible for making this day possible. They recognized the state and local officials, as well as, the local (Robeson County) and regional (North Carolina’s Southeast) economic development offices for the assistance provided during their decision making process.
According to Greg Cummings, Executive Director of the Robeson County Economic Development Commission, “this company was introduced to Robeson County through the marketing efforts of the regional economic development partner, North Carolina’s Southeast.”
North Carolina's Southeast is the regional economic development marketing organization for southeastern North Carolina. They serve an 11-county area, and to date they have assisted in the location of 104 companies to the region. These companies have a combined investment of $907,275,000 and have to date created 8,617 jobs. North Carolina's Southeast is currently marketing 116 buildings and 81 sites throughout the region. To see the most current list of available properties in the region view their website (www.ncse.org).
The Robeson County Committee of 100 awarded a performance-based incentive grant to attract the company. In addition, the company will received performance-based incentives from The Governor’s One North Carolina Fund, Golden Leaf Foundation, and North Carolina’s Southeast. The other organizations that provided assistance were the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the NC Community College System.