United Tobacco, Le Bleu to add 21 jobs in county

Article by By Olivia Neeley, The Wilson Times

Two Wilson companies will add several new full-time jobs each, a combined investment of more than $6 million, according to officials.

That announcement came after Jennifer Lantz, Wilson Economic Development executive director, formally asked county commissioners Monday evening for a public hearing regarding incentive packages for Le Bleu water and United Tobacco Co.

Le Bleu which has a distribution site in Wilson, will add 11 full-time jobs with benefits. Those new positions will allow the company to also bottle water at the location, according to officials. The average wage will be $15 per hour. Lantz said it’s a $1.07 million investment.

United Tobacco Co. in Wilson will add 10 full-time permanent jobs with an average salary of $14.42 per hour, according to Lantz. She said it’s a $5 million investment. Le Bleu’s incentive package includes $3,500 for three years for a total of $10,500. United Tobacco Company’s incentive includes $12,500 for three years for a total of $37,500.


Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Monday that will include the Wilson County portion of Sharpsburg in the Tri-County Fire District.

For many years, the town of Sharpsburg has contracted with the volunteer fire department there and paid it for fire protection within the town limits out of the town’s general fund.

Gordon Deno, Wilson County Emergency Management director, spoke on behalf of the fire department and the town during commissioners’ regular meeting.

Deno said that state law allows for municipalities who don’t have fire departments themselves to either contract directly from the general fund or request the county to move those properties that are within the municipality into the rural fire protection district.

This resolution will do that.

Deno said with Sharpsburg straddling Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties, all off three of those counties try to work together to make sure everything is the same across the board.

Edgecombe County and Nash County commissioners have already approved the resolution to make the change.

“The properties that are in the Wilson County portion of the town of Sharpsburg would fall in line with the rural fire protection district for the Tri-County Fire District in Wilson County,” Deno explained. “Those people would be taxed accordingly based on the very same rate that the current properties within that district are taxed. That would fund the fire department.”

All three counties currently tax the same rate for those in that fire district.

In other business, commissioners:

    • Approved a resolution authorizing appropriations and expenditures for economic incentives for Southeastern Grain Co., LLC. The company added 18 full-time jobs with benefits, an investment of $4.6 million with an average salary of $18 per hour. The company received a $50,000 economic incentive that will be appropriated for four years. The city and county will jointly pay the incentive.


  • Approved a 20-year water purchase contract with the town of Sims. The Southwest Water District of Wilson County will sell water to the town.


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