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Ruiz Food Products to expand Florence operations

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Ruiz Food Products Inc. expanding its existing Florence County operations. The $79 million investment is expected to add 705 new jobs over the next several years.

“The growing demand for our products requires we increase capacity as we continue to service our existing and continually growing East Coast customer base. This seven-year expansion plan will allow us to do just that,” said Rachel P. Cullen, president of Ruiz Food Products.

Ruiz Foods produces frozen Mexican food items at facilities in California, South Carolina and Texas, employing nearly 3,600 employees nationwide. El Monterey is the flagship frozen Mexican food brand for Ruiz Foods and Tornados, also distributed nationally, is the company's snack brand.

“Ruiz Food Products has been a tremendous partner of South Carolina's, and the company's decision to expand and create more than 700 new jobs is another example of the state's competitive business environment which continues to bring new industry and jobs for our people,” Gov. Henry McMaster said in a release.

Located at 2557 Florence Harllee Blvd. in Florence, the company will be adding another production line to its S.C. manufacturing facility immediately. There are plans to add more lines in the next seven years. Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and applicants should send resumes to or visit the SC Tech Jobs website for more information. 

“We're delighted that Ruiz Food Products has chosen to expand and grow their Florence County operations. We take pride in the fact that our workforce played a role in that decision and allows them to continue to produce the high-quality products for which they are known,” said Florence County Council Chairman Kent Caudle.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. A $1 million Closing Fund grant was awarded to Florence County to assist with the costs of building construction.

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