by Jordan Green

PepsiCo will add sales and call center jobs in Forsyth

Gov. Beverly Perdue announced that PepsiCo will expand its Forsyth County facility with a sales and service center, adding 195 jobs to the approximately 900 who are already employed by the company in the county. The jobs will pay an average wage of $36,077 plus benefits, according to a press release by the governor. The expansion entails a $7.5 million investment in Winston-Salem over the next three years.

The state made a $400,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund to PepsiCo as an incentive to expand.

Coming a day after elections brought about Republican majorities and impending control in both chamber of the General Assembly, the PepsiCo announcement gave the governor and her party an opportunity to brag about its record of job creation, although voters across the state apparently did not get the message.

“North Carolina ranked second in the nation for job growth over the past year, and it’s because companies like Pepsi recognize the top-flight business climate we have built,” said Sen. Linda Garrou, a Winston-Salem Democrat, in a prepared statement. Garrou won her race, but will likely lose her position as a senior budget writer in the NC Senate with the Republicans taking control of the appointment process.’­

Gaming convention back in High Point this weekend

The Mid-Atlantic Conference Expo, billed as “the largest gaming convention in the Carolinas,” will be held at the Best Western Hotel High Point from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14. The wide-ranging convention whose acronym is MACE includes board games, war games, role-playing games, live action, video games and miniature games. Melody Burnett, executive administrator of the High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the event is expected to draw about 400 attendees with an anticipated 200 hotel room nights, resulting in an economic impact of about $161,864.