ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Ready Roast Nut Company plans to create 200 new jobs in Portales over the next few years, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday.
Ready Roast, which recently purchased the Portales Peanut Plant, will create 30 of those jobs immediately, with full benefits, as the company plans to start production for the fall harvest season, according to a release from the Governor’s Office. It will initially shell peanuts and expand business to include production of value-added products.
Ready Roast sits on 70 acres and has a 53,000-square-foot peanut shelling facility and warehouse, along with storage capacity for about 28 million pounds of farmer stock peanuts, along with several other large warehouses.
The company also has planted 5,000 acres of organic and conventional Valencia peanuts. They have growing contracts for their peanuts that will be supplied to the dairy, snack food, bakery, confectionary, and other food industries.
“Food production is one of our target industries — they bring good-paying jobs to the state and bring new dollars to our economy,” said Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela.
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