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California company bringing jobs to Las Cruces

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A California tortilla company is expanding to New Mexico.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that Franco Whole Foods, which supplies tortillas to Whole Foods and Costco, will open a manufacturing facility in Las Cruces that will create 160 jobs with an average salary of $37,000 plus benefits.

With the help of $75,000 in state economic development funds, the company will convert a long-vacant warehouse into a modern manufacturing facility.

Franco Whole Foods was founded by Angel Franco in El Paso. In the 1980s his sons Gus and Mike Franco launched a tortilla manufacturing business in San Diego. Gus developed the uncooked flour tortilla recipe in 1993.

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