Richelieu Legwear International Inc. (Richelieu Legwear) announced today that it is expanding its presence in Burke County through an investment of $16 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The investment will bring Richelieu’s total investment in the U.S. to $24 million. The project is expected to result in the creation of 205 new jobs in Hildebran by the end of 2018. Currently, Richelieu Legwear has its U.S.-based operations in Hildebran where it employs more than 60 people.
Founded in Sorel, Quebec in 1934, Richelieu Legwear has distribution centers in Canada and the United States, offices in three countries and manufacturing sources in nine countries. It is a leading provider of legwear products to Wal-Mart and other major retailers in the U.S. and internationally under the brand names Peds, MediPeds and Growing Socks.
Employees at the new facility will manufacture socks and will be supported by a long-term commitment from the company’s leading customer, Wal-Mart. The partnership will assure that significant financial investments are supported by program placement from Wal-Mart for years to come.
Compensation for the new positions will vary by job function, but the average annual salary will be $37,912 plus benefits. The average annual wage in Burke County is $32,834.
The project is made possible in part by an award to Richelieu Legwear from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program. Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements.
For more information about Richelieu Legwear, visit www.richelieugroup.com.