City council OK’s two tax incentive packages for Campbell Soup

eParisExtra logoBy unanimous vote, the Paris City Council on Monday approved two economic incentive agreement between the Paris Economic Development Corporation and Campbell Soup.

The PEDC forwarded to the council two incentive agreements  – $100,000 for a product storage facility and a solar array; and $500,000 for a new single-service juice manufacturing line to include employee training and cash for a $25 million investment, 50 new jo0bs and job retention.

The latter project is for technology and jobs transferred to Paris from a plant that Campbell Soup shut down in Sacramento, Calif.

Ray Oldach, manager of the plant, told the council, “The support of your community has been noted by the company.”

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.