MARTINSVILLE, VA. – Monogram Food Solutions L.L.C., a maker of value-added meat products and meat snacks, plans to invest $30 million to expand its Monogram Snacks plant in Martinsville. The expansion is expected to create up to 300 jobs over the next two years and represents the fifth expansion at the facility since it began operations there in 2009, said Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia.

Memphis-based Monogram Foods operates 10 facilities in Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Indiana. The plant in Virginia is the company’s largest, and the expansion will facilitate expanding its product lines resulting from additional demand, according to the company.

“Monogram has quickly become one of the region’s top employers and we are honored that the company has chosen to reinvest here, creating an additional 300 high-quality jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Mr. Northam, who approved a $350,000 incentive for the project in addition to a $300,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program. “We congratulate Monogram on its remarkable growth and are confident the company will continue to succeed in Southern Virginia.”

Karl Schledwitz, chief executive officer of Monogram, added, “Since arriving in Virginia, Monogram has been received with open lines of communication and concrete pathways to success. This funding for our newest expansion is only the latest installment in a history of support. The abundant resources and opportunities available in Virginia and especially in Henry County continually bolster our business and further overall growth on all fronts.”

This past July, Monogram announced it would shutter its pet treat processing facility in Schulenburg, Texas, this month and offer the plant for sale.