Kenly Truck Stop To Expand, Add 60 Jobs

A Johnston County business is expanding.  The Iowa 80 Truck stop off Interstate 95 in Kenly will expand in size and add more employees over the next 2 years, officials announced this week. In return they will receive about $50,000 in economic development incentives from Johnston County.

Ernie-Brame-FIErnie Brame (pictured) with the Iowa 80 truck stop told Johnston County Commissioners on Monday the truck stop plans to hire 60 additional employees over the next two years. The company currently has 190 full- and part-time workers.

The truck stop retail operations will expand by an additional 24,000 square feet.  Once completed in 2017, the Iowa 80 in Kenly will be one of the largest truck stops on the East Coast. 

The expansion represents an investment of up to $4 million in Johnston County.  The county’s incentives include a reduction in real and personal property for three years. 

“The Iowa 80 group has been an outstanding corporate citizen,” said Commissioner Ted Godwin. “I commend them for what they have done.”

The incentives package was approved unanimously.