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Food production facility comes to SC

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Carolina Precision Foods LLC, a venture of Carolina Fresh Foods and owners of Lake Foods, plans to establish operations in Florence County, according to an announcement from the S.C. Commerce Department.

The $10 million investment is one of several economic development investments over the past month in the food industry. Earlier last week, Gehel Foods LLC went public with the company’s $46 million investment in a Colleton County location.

Carolina Precision Foods is a poultry further processing company that specializes in deboning, portioning, marination and custom further processing, as well as separating food. The new facility will create an expected 402 jobs, the Commerce Department said.

“We are excited to become a member of Florence County and the Pee Dee region,” Carolina Precision Foods CFO Jim Robinson said in the news release. “With over 65 million pounds of poultry processed weekly within two hours of Florence, this was the perfect location for our plant. With Interstates 20 and 95 at our doorstep, fresh chicken from Carolina Precision Foods can be processed for over 19 million consumers in a day.”

Located at 2901 W. Darlington St. in Florence, Carolina Precision Foods’ new facility will partner with regional poultry processors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carolina Precision Foods LLC to Florence County and are excited about the 402 new jobs they will create for our community,” Florence County Council Chairman Willard Dorriety said in the release. “It is clear that food and beverage companies continue to find Florence County as the right place to do business.”

Operations are expected to be online in August. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

Reach Molly Hulsey at 864-720-1223.

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