Florence, SC - FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - More economic growth could be coming to the Pee Dee, should the Florence County Council pass an incentives package that would allow for the expansion of McCall Farms.
The Effingham-based plant hopes the package will allow the company to relocate to Highway 52 and expand operations in a $10 million building. McCall Farms plans to create 70 new jobs to compliment the company's new facility.
As county council members prepare to take a final vote on the expansion plans on Thursday at 9 a.m., one county council member said it's this type of growth that will ultimately benefit the entire area.
"They're really expanding," Florence County Council Chairman Rusty Smith Jr. commented. "It's becoming one of the best industries in Florence County, and we're delighted again that they are seeing fit to expand here and call Florence County home."
Smith said the expansion will allow McColl Farms to take advantage of a tax credit that will draw in more jobs and raise the company's available tax credit by more than $1,000 per employee.
County leaders have a long history of using incentive packages to lure economic deals to the Pee Dee, including the recently-established Heinz and Monster plants.
"It's a very valuable tool in bringing in industry and putting in jobs," Smith added. "That's what we're all about here in Florence County - bringing in development, bringing in jobs and helping the people of the Pee Dee region."