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E.A. Sween Company Establishes Hodges, South Carolina, Operations

E.A. Sween Company, a leading supplier in the ready-to-eat sandwich industry, plans to establish operations at North Greenwood Industrial Park in Hodges, South Carolina. The $38 million project is expected to create 300 jobs in Greenwood County.

Located at 5730 Highway 25 North, the site will be critical in helping to double the capacity of the company’s sandwich production, according to state officials. When fully operational, the company will produce an additional 75 million sandwiches a year. The new facility is expected to be online in the third quarter of 2023.

“The entire E.A. Sween Company team is thrilled to announce our new Greenwood County location. From the moment we first visited the community, we knew it was a perfect fit. South Carolina is a place where people, partnerships, relationships and opportunity matter to everyone we came across. This is an incredibly important moment in our history as we expand our business and bring quality products closer to our customers in the Southeast and beyond,” said E.A. Sween Company President and CEO Tom H. Sween.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.

“E.A. Sween Company’s $38 million investment and the 300 new jobs they are creating are big wins not just for Greenwood County, but for all of South Carolina. We are excited to welcome them to Greenwood County and look forward to a strong business partnership for many years to come,” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

Founded in 1955, E.A. Sween Company is a third generation, private company that produces and ships sandwiches and other ready-to-eat products nationally. Its brands include Deli Express, Market Sandwich, San Luis Burritos and Simply Delicious Bakery. The company sells more than 100 million sandwiches annually.

“E.A. Sween Company’s decision to locate their newest facility in Greenwood shows that the Upstate continues to be a key location for food and beverage companies. Our region’s proximity to consumer markets and logistical advantages, combined with an available, trained workforce, makes Upstate South Carolina an ideal location as companies look for an East Coast location. Congratulations to Greenwood County on this great win,” Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus added.

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