RALEIGH, NC. — D’Artagnan Inc., a specialty meat and poultry company and distributor based in Union, NJ, plans to invest more than $4 million to locate a warehouse and distribution facility in Oxford, NC, creating 23 new jobs in Granville County. Supporting the company’s expansion in the Southeast market, the Oxford location will be D’Artagnan’s second largest distribution site.

“Our whole team is excited about developing our sales in this beautiful region,” said Ariane Daguin, founder and chief executive officer of D’Artagnan. “We have closely followed the food scene in the Carolinas and are very happy to be able to contribute to it.”

“We are glad to welcome D’Artagnan to Granville County and North Carolina,” said North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper. “Our East Coast location and capable workforce will greatly benefit the company’s operations and growth here in the Southeast.”

The North Carolina Department of Commerce led a team of partners in supporting D’Artagnan’s decision to expand to North Carolina.

“North Carolina is within a day’s drive of more than 170 million customers in the United States,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “When you combine our location with a transportation infrastructure and a skilled pipeline of talent, distributors across all industries have the winning ingredients for success.”

The new jobs have the potential to increase Granville’s annual payroll by more than $1 million. While wages will vary upon position, the average annual salary for the new positions is $46,170, exceeding the county’s overall average annual wage of $45,096.

“This is another great economic development win for Granville County,” said North Carolina Senator, Mike Woodard. “We welcome these new jobs and $4 million investment to our community and are ready to support the company’s future success.”

The One North Carolina Fund, which provides financial assistance to local governments to attract economic investment and to create jobs, will help fund D’Artagnan’s Oxford location by providing a $50,000 performance-based grant.

“More and more companies are finding the business climate in our region ideal for their strategic growth plans,” said North Carolina Representative, Terry Garrison. “We appreciate the diligent local and state officials and economic development partners that helped bring this project to Oxford.”