Tucked away in a compound of non-descript tin buildings in the town of Turkey, N.C., is an unlikely tenant: Elizabeth’s Pecan Products.

Like the company’s delectable pecan treats, it’s what’s inside that counts. In addition to good old-fashioned raw pecans, Elizabeth’s produces a variety of chocolate-coated pecan products, including a chocolate-covered pecan brittle, butter-roasted chocolate pecans and raspberry-flavored chocolate pecans.

Alan Bundy, owner of Elizabeth’s Pecans, explains that he outsourced the chocolate-coating process for years, but it was costing him time and money.

With an equipment cost share award from the N.C. Value-Added Cost Share Program (NCVACS), Bundy is adding seemers — equipment that seals pecan containers — and a 34-foot chocolate coating machine to his operation in June 2011.

By bringing the entire production process under one roof, Bundy hopes that the chocolate-coated portion of his business — already 40 percent of all sales — will continue to grow as demand increases. The cost share award will provide Bundy with roughly $32,000 — or 40 percent of the total cost — for the new equipment.

To provide the main ingredient for Elizabeth’s products, Bundy maintains 45 acres of pecan trees that produce about 40,000 pounds of raw pecans annually. He grows more than half of the pecans used in Elizabeth’s products, but still must buy some pecans from other North Carolina producers each year because demand is so high.