Reser’s Fine Foods, Beaverton, Ore., announced plans to expand its Halifax, N.C., manufacturing plant, which produces Don Pancho brand Mexican products.

The $3.2 million expansion is projected to create 79 jobs over the next 5 years.

“Our tortilla business continued to grow in the Eastern United States over the past 9 years, and it became clear we needed to invest to support both current and future demand in this region,” says Mark Reser, chief executive officer. “The One North Carolina Fund grant, along with the continued support of North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, made the choice to invest here in Halifax an easy one. We will expand capacity by investing in new equipment at our existing plant, and increase the site’s workforce by nearly 40% over the next five years.”