Uncle Ben's hires new Greenville director

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GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mars Food US's Uncle Ben's Rice plants in Greenville and Bolton are getting a new director of manufacturing.

The Rancho Dominguez, California.-based privately held food company has hired 33-year-old Jair Cole to head up both facilities.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1jNAcir ) Cole starts his new job Monday and will be based in Greenville.

Cole was born in Canada, grew up in Trinidad & Tobago. In 2001, he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Florida A&M University.

He joined PepsiCo in 2002 and most recently served as the director of supply chain for the company's Bridgeview, Illinois-based facility, which produces Rice-A-Roni and Pasta Roni.

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

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