McCall Farms Invests $4 Million To Open New Effingham, South Carolina, Production Facility
The new facility, which is expected to open in July 2015, will more than double the company’s overall manufacturing capacity and consolidates all operations for Bruce’s Yams, the nation’s largest supplier of canned yams and sweet potatoes. Significantly, 2015 marks the first year that South Carolina farms will grow sweet potatoes for commercial packaging and consumption on the national marketplace. While one-third of the sweet potatoes produced by Bruce’s Yams will still come from farms in neighboring North Carolina, the majority will now be raised in the Palmetto State, where they are canned.
Additionally, this new facility will allow McCall to increase its retail canning capacity by 100 percent, its foodservice canning capacity by 300 percent and its water, boiler and packaging capacity by 200 percent. The expansion will also increase the company’s water treatment facility capacity by 200 percent.
As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $400,000 Set Aside grant to Florence County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.
“As we continue to grow and improve our manufacturing capabilities at McCall Farms, our relationships with local farmers are as important as ever. For more than 177 years, we’ve partnered with farmers across the Southeast with the goal of delivering the freshest, highest-quality foods to our customers. With this expansion, we look forward to continuing these vital partnerships, as well as increasing our farming network to include additional farms throughout South Carolina,” said McCall Farms Marketing Director Annie Ham
“McCall Farms is the perfect example of one of South Carolina’s homegrown companies that continues to find success here, and we couldn’t be more proud that they have once again decided to expand operations in our state. This $4 million investment is a win for the company, Florence County and our entire state, and we look forward to watching them continue to grow here for many years to come,” Governor Nikki Haley said.
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