Florida-based company brings 215 jobs to Marion Co.

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A company known for making Jasmine Rice has announced they're making an economic investment in Marion County.

WMBF News attended the news conference with Governor Nikki Haley where the company, Essex Holdings, announced a $54 million project to build a new facility and bring over 200 jobs into the Pee Dee.

The company is based in Miami, Florida.

"We are excited about the opportunity to establish our new manufacturing facility in Marion County. This new facility will increase our operational capacity and hence represents an important step for our company's growth. South Carolina has a great business environment, and we strongly believe that this integration will be a bona fide step to further give added value to our food division's operations. We look forward to starting our operations there and appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials," said Dr. Navin Xavier, president and CEO for Essex Holdings.

This venture into South Carolina is to support's the company's expanding food division. The plan is to have this facility up and running by mid-2013.

"More and more companies are seeing South Carolina as the 'it' state for doing business, and today's announcement by Essex Holdings is another sign of that. The company's decision to set up operations in Marion is also a big win for one of our state's rural areas. We celebrate Essex Holdings' commitment to invest $54.4 million and create 215 new jobs in Marion," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

In January 2013, Marion County had the highest unemployment rate in the state, a title they also held in November and December of 2012.

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in May. If you're interested in one of those 215 positions, visit www.essexholdings.com/available-positions.

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