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Peanut butter plant to create 60 jobs in Virginia

Thursday - 8/8/2013, 1:10pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Peanut roaster Hampton Farms plans to open a peanut butter production plant in Southampton County, creating 60 jobs.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that the company plans to invest $5.5 million in the facility.

Hampton Farms sells roasted in-shell peanuts throughout the U.S. and operates four roasting and productions facilities.

McDonnell approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund for the project.

The company also is eligible to receive benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program and can receive a sales tax exemption on eligible equipment as a result of state legislation passed in 2009.

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