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Nearly 300 jobs coming to the Midlands as company plans $150 million poultry facility

The Charlotte Observer logo The Charlotte Observer 7/8/2021 Noah Feit, The Charlotte Observer

A pork and poultry company is investing millions in a new facility in the Midlands, which is expected to create nearly 300 new jobs.

On Thursday, Prestage Farms of South Carolina, announced plans to construct a new processing facility in Kershaw County, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Henry McMaster.

The $150 million investment will create 292 new jobs, according to the release.

“Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC’s decision ... is a huge win for Kershaw County and the entire Palmetto State,” McMaster said in the release.

The new facility, located at the Governor’s Hill Industrial Park in Camden, will be the company’s second facility in the county, according to the governor’s office. The new operations will process poultry products using “state-of-the-art technology and high levels of automation,” that will increase sanitation and the shelf life of products, according to the release.

The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, when hiring is expected to begin, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture said. The jobs were called “high paying,” by Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns.

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The pact between Prestage Farms, Kershaw County, and the state is the county’s largest investment announcement since the 1960s, according to Burns.

“Today marks the payoff of four years of investment in our workforce and in our industrial sites to grow and attract new business,” Burns said in the release.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project, according to the release. The Council also awarded Kershaw County a $1.2 million Set-Aside Fund grant to assist with related project costs, the governor’s office said.

“Thank you, Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC, for your dedication to Kershaw County,” Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam said in the release. “Food and jobs help fuel our communities, and investments like today’s announcement bring both of those things home.”

Prestage Farms was founded in 1983 and is a family-owned and operated producer of pork and poultry products, according to the release. The company has operated in South Carolina since 1994, and overall it employs more than 2,700 at its facilities in seven states.

“We are proud and excited to announce the expansion of our operations here in South Carolina where we’ve been doing business since 1994,” Prestage Farms President Ron Prestage said in the release. “We look forward to success with all of our partners for many years to come.”

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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