The U.S. Commerce Department has awarded Halifax County a $779,203 grant to make infrastructure improvements to the business park where Empire Foods plans to open a manufacturing plant.
Raleigh developer Greg Hatem announced in September that Empire would open a food processing facility in the Halifax Corporate Park.
The company expects to have its new facility operating by June. Empire Foods will be the first tenant at the new, 700-acre Halifax Corporate Park.
The federal grant is being issued through the Economic Development Administration.
Empire is expected to create 200 jobs over the next five years at its facility. The company will receive state and local incentives worth nearly $2 million if it meets hiring goals.
Empire is focusing on selling large packages of fruits and vegetables to hotels, restaurants, school systems, the military and other institutions.