Contact: Madeline Koch, 651-259-7236
ST. PAUL – Link Snacks Inc., a Minong, Wis., company that specializes in making and selling Jack Link’s® branded beef jerky and other meat snacks, is bringing 20 new, high-paying jobs to downtown Minneapolis.
The company, which has about 36 existing marketing, sales, accounting, information technology and product development team members in Minneapolis, will expand office space by about 20,000 square feet in the Butler North Building, to make room for the new workers.
“This expansion is great news for the state and for the workers this new facility will employ,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “In today’s globally competitive environment, we are grateful for Jack Link’s commitment to Minnesota and for choosing to add their new high-salaried positions here, where our workforce is our greatest asset.”
The new jobs, including sales, human resources and IT management positions, will pay average salaries of about $93,000 a year.
Contingent on the company meeting its hiring goals in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded Link Snacks Inc. a $100,000 forgivable loan from its Minnesota Investment Fund.
“This is an exciting time for Jack Link’s and the meat snacks category,” said Jeff LeFever, vice president of marketing at Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. “As demand for Jack Link’s products increase, we can continue to support all of the communities we work in by adding new jobs.”
Link Snacks Inc., which the Link family began as a meat business in northern Wisconsin in the 1880s, is the largest meat snack brand in the country. The company employs more than 500 team members at its headquarters in Minong, Wis., and sells over 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries.
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