$152 million investment from Unilever to bring 100 jobs to area

NEW CENTURY, Kan. - One hundred new jobs are coming to the Kansas side of the metro. On Tuesday, Unilever announced a $152 million expansion to their New Century factory.

The plant churns out 1.3 million tubs of spreads like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Country Crock and Imperial.

Governor Brownback and leaders of the international corporation were there to spread the news.

This will be a 60 percent increase in the workforce at the plant.

For employees, this signals job security, an economic boost and a continued promise to their consumers.

"Margarine spreads have been around for a really long time and it's a product that's been loved. I grew up loving to ruin the dollop on the Country Crock Spread and so it's really up keeping that for the future generations," Improvement Manager Miyu Toyoshima said.

They also credit the growth to the removal of trans fats and hydrogenated oils from their spreads.

"In reality there's about 70 percent less saturated fat in margarine versus butter so it's really this new technology that's really put butter in the forefront when it comes to nutrition," Ken McCubbin, Quality Manager at the New Century location said.

New jobs will be added in the warehouse, production line including some salaried positions.

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