Winston-Salem, NC-- Herbalife promises 500 new jobs to Winston-Salem but the economic boost extends beyond just one building.
Herbalife promises 500 new jobs to Winston-Salem but the economic boost extends beyond just one building.
There's a new tenant in the old dell building in Winston-Salem on Temple School Rd. Herbalife is bringing 500 new jobs in a lagging job market.
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The ripple effects of this announcement will likely be felt by business owners in the area who will get a boost to their bottom lines.
"They're building the company's largest manufacturing operation in your community because of you all," Governor Perdue said in a news conference held Wednesday afternoon.
Greg Whaley has been a manager at Prissy Polly's Bar-B-Que on Highway 66 in Kernersville for more than 20 years. Whaley has seen the highs and the lows.
"Back when Dell was here we had a Dell crowd that came in. We catered for Dell quite often," explained Whaley.
"Dell left , it hurt business, it really did."
Winston-Salem Mayor, Allen Joines expects the plant will make for at least 500 to 1,000 additional jobs in support services.
Joines said, "From janitorial to landscaping to companies that keep the equipment going to truckers to suppliers of cardboard boxes, the whole bit."
News 2 talked to managers at convenience stores, gas stations, and a local grocery store in the area. All managers echoed the same sentiment. They only see a new business in town as a good opportunity for their own businesses. More people will need more food, gas, and other services.
Herbalife and its 500 employees will also add $100 million to the Winston-Salem tax base.
The city told News 2 that the jobs will be phased into the building starting in the Spring of 2013. Another 200 will be added in 2014. By 2015, all 500 positions will be filled. The jobs will be mainly production positions. The average salary will be around $40,000.
WFMY News 2