Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC establishing new operation in Kershaw County
July 8, 2021
Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC, a division of Prestage Farms, today announced plans to construct a new processing facility in Kershaw County. The $150 million investment will create 292 new jobs.
Founded in 1983, Prestage Farms is a family-owned, family-led producer of quality pork and poultry products. With facilities in seven states and more than 2,700 employees, Prestage Farms has operated in South Carolina since 1994.
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.
The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Hiring is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC team should visit readySC for more information.
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.
“We are proud and excited to announce the expansion of our operations here in South Carolina where we’ve been doing business since 1994. 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.” -Prestage Farms President Dr. Ron Prestage
“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. I congratulate this great company and wish them continued success.” -Gov. Henry McMaster
“The Palmetto State has a rich history in agribusiness, and today’s announcement by Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC shows that this industry continues to flourish. The $150 million investment and 292 new jobs underscore the company’s commitment to Kershaw County and to South Carolina, and we look forward to our continued partnership.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“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. 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.” -Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns
“Prestage Farms is a family-owned agribusiness with a stellar track record of supporting South Carolina farmers. 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.” -Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
“Thank you, Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC, for your dedication to Kershaw County. Food and jobs help fuel our communities, and investments like today’s announcement bring both of those things home. We are excited for the future of Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC and celebrate today’s win alongside our friends and partners in Kershaw and the state.” -Central SC Alliance Chairman W. Keller Kissam
FIVE FAST FACTS
Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC is establishing a new facility in Kershaw County.
The $150 million investment will create 292 new jobs.
Prestage Farms of South Carolina, LLC is a division of Prestage Farms.
Located at Governor’s Hill Industrial Park in Camden, S.C.
Hiring is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
About Prestage Farms
Founded in 1983 by Bill and Marsha Prestage, Prestage Farms, Inc. is a family-owned, family-led agribusiness headquartered in Clinton, North Carolina. A trusted supplier of consistently high-quality turkey and pork, the Prestage Farms family of companies includes farm production facilities based in South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas, as well as a turkey processing division in North Carolina and pork processing division in Iowa. The Prestage Farms and Prestage Foods teams of more than 2,700 employees and 450 contractor farm families share a commitment to product safety and the well-being of its food animals, the environment and communities where they live and work.
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