McCall Farms Inc., a producer of Southern canned and frozen vegetables in Florence County, South Carolina, invested $19.3 million to expand its manufacturing plant, adding a new canning line, Bruce’s Yams. The investment is expected to generate 140 jobs over the next five years.
“The acquisition of the Bruce’s brand is an exciting addition to our growing company,” said Marion Swink, Co-owner of McCall Farms. “Bruce Foods is a family-owned company that has shared our similar values, and their Southern style vegetables are the perfect addition to the McCall Farms’ product line.”
“It’s exciting to see homegrown companies continue to prosper within our state borders,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “We applaud McCall Farms’ expansion and the 140 new jobs it will bring to Effingham.” The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $1 million set aside grant for infrastructure improvements related to the project.
McCall Farms has expanded throughout the years and has grown by increased production and by expanding into new markets with new products and labels, the South Carolina Department of Commerce said. The most notable expansion was Holmes Canning Company, purchased in 1985. Utilizing the popular Margaret Holmes brand obtained in the purchase, McCall Farms expanded initially into the Georgia and Alabama markets, but quickly extended throughout the Southeast and now the entire U.S.
The Glory Foods label was acquired in 2010, which expanded McCall Farms’ operation with the addition of a 150,000-square-foot shipping house and 65 jobs. In July of 2012, the company announced a $10.6 million investment that allowed an increase in the number of production lines as well as the ability to move to a 24-7 production schedule.
“While we are widely recognized for our business-friendly environment, South Carolina’s agriculture climate is also perfect for growing successful agribusinesses. McCall’s expansion is another example of the impact this sector is making in our state,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Frank J. “Buddy” Brand stated, “What a testament for a local home grown business to have so much success in Florence County. As one of our largest employers, they undoubtedly have had a major impact on Florence’s economy over the years. Congratulations and I look forward to many more announcements with this fine family company.”