Wholesale food distributor Merchants Distributors Inc. (MDI) plans to expand its facility in Granite Falls, NC. The $50 million investment is expected to create 200 jobs with an average pay of $51,123 by 2014 and includes 260,000 square feet of new construction beginning in 2009.

A Jobs Development Investment Grant (JDIG) was approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee that could total as much as $2.8 million over the next 10 years. Recent JDIG grants include an incentive awarded to Broyhill Furniture as well as Google to build a data center in Lenoir. The MDI facility currently employs 1,500 workers in Caldwell County and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alex Lee Inc., which also owns Lowe’s Food Stores Inc.