Mount Franklin Foods, a leading North American manufacturer of high-quality candy and nut products, is launching new operations in Sumter County, South Carolina. The project is expected to bring $10 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 225 new jobs.
Based in El Paso, Texas, Mount Franklin Foods employs more than 2,800 team members across North America, supplying major retailers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors. With four manufacturing plants and a net operating space of more than one million square feet, Mount Franklin Foods is one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States.
To accommodate continued growth, the company is upfitting its new Sumter County operations, which are located in the Live Oak Industrial Park, with state-of-the-art equipment. Expanding beyond its current focus as a multi-line candy business, Mount Franklin Foods plans to add both organic and nutraceutical products that are fortified with multivitamins, probiotics and other ingredients.
“Everyone at Mount Franklin Foods is excited about our operations in Sumter, South Carolina. This new location will provide us with a strong platform for driving revenues by continuing to serve our customers with compelling product offerings. It is clear that South Carolina is a state that is focused on providing quality jobs for its citizens. Our time spent at readySC, the Central Carolina Technical College and its Advanced Manufacturing Training Center was truly inspiring. We are confident that we will have an abundance of excellent candidates as we build our team. We especially appreciate the cooperation and hospitality provided by the state, county and local government agencies. It is great to work with people who are genuinely interested in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth,” said Mount Franklin Foods President and CEO Gary Ricco.
“Upon visiting Sumter, Mount Franklin Foods took notice of the countless assets offered here which will undoubtedly bolster their business. They were most impressed, however, with what we know to be our sustainable competitive advantage for this region – a workforce agenda that works. We are committed to the emergence of a talent development agency to meet, exceed and anticipate the growing needs of this industry. It’s a huge complement to our team and speaks volumes about the confidence this company has in our community,” said Sumter County Development Board Chair Greg A. Thompson.