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Prestage Farms establishing new South Carolina operation

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Prestage Farms of South Carolina LLC, a division of Prestage Farms, has announced plans to construct a new processing facility in Kershaw County, S.C. The $150 million investment will create 292 new jobs.

The new facility located at the Governor’s Hill Industrial Park in Camden will be the company’s second facility in the county. The new operations will process poultry products using state-of-the-art technology and high levels of automation. The facility will utilize technologies that will increase sanitation and the shelf life of products, officials said.

“Prestage Farms of South Carolina LLC’s decision to invest $150 million and create 292 new jobs is a huge win for Kershaw County and the entire Palmetto State,” said S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster. “I congratulate this great company and wish them continued success.”

“We are proud and excited to announce the expansion of our operations here in South Carolina where we’ve been doing business since 1994,” Dr. Ron Prestage, Prestage Farms president, said. “We are grateful for the strong state and local support we’ve received for this project, and we look forward to success with all of our partners for many years to come.”

The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Hiring is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. The council also awarded Kershaw County a $1.2 million Set-Aside Fund grant to assist with related project costs.

“It’s an exciting day in Kershaw County as we announce the growth of Prestage Farms in Kershaw County creating nearly 300 high-paying jobs,” said Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns. “This project is the county’s largest investment announcement since the 1960s. We congratulate them on this momentous occasion and look forward to continuing our partnership with this company for many years to come. Today marks the payoff of four years of investment in our workforce and in our industrial sites to grow and attract new business.”

Founded in 1983, Prestage Farms is a family-owned, family-led producer of quality poultry and pork products. With facilities in seven states and more than 2,700 employees, Prestage Farms has operated in South Carolina since 1994.

“Prestage Farms is a family-owned agribusiness with a stellar track record of supporting South Carolina farmers,” S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said. “By expanding and diversifying their operations, they’ll be able to provide more jobs and more opportunities for farmers. We’re proud to have Prestage as a vital partner as we continue to grow South Carolina’s agribusiness sector.”

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