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Two Doña Ana County companies – one in Mesilla Park and one in Santa Teresa – are among nearly a dozen statewide to receive training funds approved by the New Mexico Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) board in August, the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) said in a news release.
Louisiana Pepper Exchange (LPE), LLC in Santa Teresa will receive funding of almost $5,000 for 10 trainees at an average wage of $16.47, NMEDD said. LPE is a global chile pepper company that mastered logistical innovations to market puree to restaurants and discerning foodies. Their newly acquired 40,000-square-foot processing warehouse in the Borderplex region includes space for tank farms that can store 30 million pounds of pepper mash for sale to U.S. customers.
Worthington Farms LLC of Mesilla Park received more than $8,000 for one trainee at a wage of $14.34. Worthington Farms produces a variety of pecan products that include flavored pecans, oils, syrups, nut butter, soaps, lotions, lip balms and sugar rubs that are currently sold through the company website. The company manages a nine-acre orchard with 245 pecan trees and has long-term plans to expand the orchard and lease their shelling and commercial kitchen to other pecan producers in the county, NMEDD said.
JTIP is a reimbursement program that incentivizes companies to hire New Mexicans and expand within the state.