North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2015

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52 N o rt h C a r o l i N a E Co N o m i C D E v E lo p m E N t G u i D E F orklift driving wasn't on Wendy Hamby's résumé, so she had to learn it for her new job. "I was so scared at frst. I was creeping like a little turtle. Everyone said, 'Take your time, and don't get in a hurry.'" She works at LC America Inc.'s headquarters in Colfax, a suburb of Greensboro. Because she followed her instructor and co-workers' advice, she now enjoys her time behind the wheel, moving sacks of lentil, corn, rice and potato four from warehouse racks to a giant stainless-steel mixer. There the fours are blended, creating specifc nutritional combinations. Water is added, and the mixture is extruded as pellets, which are dried. They look like un- cooked pasta and are just as tasteless. It's not until customers take them to their factories, add hot air or oil and sprinkle on favoring that they start to resemble the products you'll fnd in the snacks aisle at stores such as Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market Inc. The plant is the frst in North Amer- ica for LC America's parent, Pontevico, Gina Rogers, workforce-development coordinator and instructor tefano Cazzaniga, center, and President Cristoforo Riva develop classes for its workers.

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