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Correction: Herbalife Plant-North Carolina story

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — In a story Dec. 19 about Herbalife selecting a North Carolina site for an East Coast production center, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company will get $1 million up front from North Carolina taxpayers. Money from the One North Carolina Fund grant program is disbursed in increments as companies meet performance targets.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Nutrition firm Herbalife to hire 500 at NC plant

Nutrition firm Herbalife to employ 500 in NC at East Coast production hub in former Dell plant

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Nutrition and weight-loss supplement-maker Herbalife said Wednesday it will revamp a defunct Dell Inc. computer manufacturing plant in North Carolina for an East Coast production center that will employ about 500 in three years.

Los Angeles-based Herbalife will invest about $130 million to buy and equip the 750,000-square-foot Dell plant near Winston-Salem that closed two years ago, company officials and Gov. Beverly Perdue's office said. Herbalife also was reported to be considering a site near Atlanta.

Herbalife will get a $1 million grant from North Carolina taxpayers, and up to $5.5 million more in state tax breaks if the company meets its targets and sustains them for 11 years. The company also could collect $3.4 million in local incentives.

The jobs will pay an average wage of $40,193, below the Forsyth County average of $42,588, state officials said.

Herbalife sells weight management, nutritional and personal-care products exclusively through independent distributors. The company's profit grew 9 percent in the third quarter ending Sept. 30 to $117.8 million as sales increased to $1 billion for the period.

Dell was offered more than $300 million in incentives in 2004 to choose the North Carolina site for its computer assembly plant. Most state incentives were never paid, and Dell repaid local governments $26 million in upfront incentives.

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