McCall Farms is investing $35 million to expand its existing operation in Florence County. The investment is expected to bring 150 jobs to Effingham, plus machinery and equipment.
“This latest expansion by McCall Farms is a wonderful example of how companies continue to flourish in Florence County,” said Kent Caudle, Florence County Council chairman. “McCall Farms is an exceptional company that takes pride in their products and community. We look forward to helping them continue to grow their business.”
The family-owned company grows its products on 2,000 acres in Effingham with an additional 25,000 acres contracted throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
“South Carolina has a rich history in agriculture, and our manufacturing industry is one of the fastest-growing in the country,” S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said. “To see McCall Farms continue to succeed here sends an important message to the world that companies are finding what they need to grow and thrive right here in South Carolina.”
In September, McCall farms acquired the brands of Sager Creek Vegetable Co. from Del Monte. Sager Creek's nationally distributed retail and food service brands include Allens, Veg-all, Popeye, Princella and Freshlike.
“Leading brands like Allens fit perfectly with our heritage of making authentic, Southern-style vegetables that can be served as a meal, side dish or used as a key cooking ingredient,” said Woody Swink, McCall Farms co-president. “The opportunity we have to expand the branded products we offer is made possible thanks to our employees. They are truly dedicated and passionate about McCall Farms being known as the preferred supplier for the highest-quality vegetables available in retail and food service.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development awarded a $1 million set-aside grant to Florence County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.
Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the third quarter of 2018, and interested applicants can get more information online.