McCall Farms investing $23 million in expansion

McCall Farms investing $23 million in expansion

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - McCall Farms is expanding their business with new facilities and distribution lines for their fresh food canned goods.

The $23 million investment is one that was possible after the company received tax incentives from the Florence County Council.

The expansion involves three brand new facilities on site over the next four years. It will bring around 150 new full time positions to the area.

"Well, there's been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears and then there is a lot of team work, said Woody Swink, vice president of sales and marketing for McCall. "We have a lot of great team members and they've just done a great job."

The company that started as a tobacco farm in Effingham in 1838 with a 2,000-acre operation has been growing ever since.

Now, Swink said the new expansion means more space and more jobs. He added his father and uncle took over the company in the 1950s for it to solely be a fresh food canned goods company.

The four national brands are Margaret Holmes, Bruce's Yams, Glory Foods and Peanut Patch boiled peanuts.

"All those lines will expand and we'll be able to sell more product to more grocery customers," said Swink.

Mary Kelly, with the Florence County Economic Development Partnership, is also behind the expansion.

"It's an even bigger deal they chose this expansion in Florence County because it shows they have confidence in the county, confidence in the future of the economy of Florence County and also the capability of the work force," Kelly said.

It is a workforce that has over 1,000 employees at McCall Farms.

Florence County Economic Development works hard for the current industry, and Kelly said just as hard as for brand new business.

"But the existing industry is the life blood of the county," she said. "It's what keeps the county going and when bad things do happen, and there are bumps and people end up not working for a company anymore, we love to know there are opportunities coming with our existing industries."

The brand new 150,000-square-foot finished goods distribution center that is currently under construction is expected to open by the end of 2016. The current facility product lines are already seeing improvement for the fall distribution.

"We are going to hire all kinds of people, from quality control to sales, to make our production lines even more efficient," Swink said. "We've come a long way and there's still a long way to go."

To find out how to apply for any of the new positions, click here

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