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McCall Farms expanding in Florence Co.

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FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A Florence County-based farm announced Wednesday it was investing $9 million to expand its operations and bringing 65 new jobs to the area.

McCall Farms Inc., which farms and cans tomatoes, okra, corn, squash, beans, peas, peaches, peanuts, greens and more, is expanding its 2,000-acre South Carolina farm with an additional 150,000-square-foot building on its current campus.

"McCall Farms has been a part of South Carolina for generations and we are pleased to significantly grow our operations in Florence County," said Marion G. Swink, co-president of McCall Farms. "South Carolina has long provided us with an excellent business environment and solid labor force. This expansion will help us meet increasing demand for our products and grow market share. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials."

The company has recently seen strong growth through the purchase of canneries in Georgia and South Carolina. The company manufactures about 40 different products under the Margaret Holmes and Miss Millie brands, as well as private-label and food service products.

"The McCall Farms announcement for further expansion builds upon the strong economic foundation they have harvested right here in the Pee Dee," said Sen. Hugh Leatherman (R-Florence). "The purchase of Glory Foods will create an additional 65 jobs for our people, while making an additional investment into our local economy. Since 2007, this great corporate citizen has grown and created nearly 100 new jobs. I look forward to working with the great folks of McCall Farms in the future, as we make Florence County a better place to work, live and call home."

The company expects to begin hiring for the new positions in within 18 months.

For more information, visit www.mccallfarms.com.

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