FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - McCall Farms started out as a farm in the 1800's and has grown to manufacture goods across the nation. On Thursday, the company announced that it will expand, pumping $19 million into the local economy.
"Certainly, it's going to add a minimum of 140 jobs and a lot of additional acreage that will come into the plant," said Marion Swink.
Marion Swink and his brother Henry are co-owners of McCall Farms.
The company has been operating in Effingham since the early 1800's, and in 1954 the 2,000 acre farm began factory operations.
Throughout the hallways of the business office at McCall Farms the company's growth is well documented on the walls.
Along with the 140 jobs to be added a $19 million investment will come too, and it's all because of sweet potatoes.
"This is another national brand that is a leader in the sweet potato businesses," said Henry Swink.
The Swink brothers say, the company purchased Bruce's Yams after they got wind of the products availability.
"We came to a mutual agreement on what we felt like the company was worth and what they felt like they could agree to sell for," said Marion Swink.
With Yams soon to be manufactured at the Effingham location, Henry Swink said some changes had to be made.
"There will be production buildings, a lot of equipment and ware houses all added to the facility we have now," said Henry Swink.
Swink said, ground has already been broken to make way for all the new equipment needed to manufacture the yams.
Those new manufacturing additions are expected to be complete by this summer.
The Swink Brothers say they are committed to strengthening the local job market in Florence. We found out what's next for the company.
"Well we have a lot of things on the radar. But we're always looking. We are just excited about having what we have and growing what we do have," said Marion Swink.
"We are from Florence County, and we have no intention of leaving," said Henry Swink.
The company will begin hiring for some of those 140 open positions this summer.