Valagro, a producer of fertilizers and biostimulants for the agriculture industry, will establish its first U.S. manufacturing site in Orangeburg County with a $14 million facility expected to create 47 jobs.
Headquartered in Italy and founded in 1980, Valagro specializes in the production and marketing of specialty nutrients for use in agricultural production. The company operates through 12 subsidiaries in more than 80 countries.
The new 65,000-square-foot facility will be located at 397 Millennium Drive. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, with operations starting in 2019.
“The construction of this U.S. production facility greatly supports our ability to better serve some of the most strategically important markets, such as the U.S., Canada and Mexico,” Valagro CEO Giuseppe Natale said in a news release. “The new facility will allow us to improve our ability to meet customers’ needs by providing them with a wide range of sustainable and effective nutritional solutions.”
The S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project and a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Orangeburg County to assist with construction costs.
“We welcome Valagro to South Carolina and to Orangeburg County,” S.C. Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said. “Valagro is joining one of the state’s top industries, and we’re eager to share our agribusiness-friendly climate with this international company as it builds its new U.S. production facility.”