US group McCall Farms is opening a new production facility that will more than double the company’s overall manufacturing capacity.
The South Carolina-based company manufactures brands including Margaret Holmes, Glory Foods, Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts and Bruce’s Yams. The new site will consolidate all operations for Bruce’s Yams, the US’s largest supplier of canned yams and sweet potatoes.
The US$4m facility is located in Florence County, South Carolina. It will allow McCall to increase its retail canning capacity by 100% and its foodservice canning capacity by 300%, McCall Farms revealed.
McCall plans to increase its supply of sweet potatoes grown in South Carolina.
"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," McCall Farms marketing director Annie Ham said.
The investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs in South Carolina over the next five years.
The state's Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $400,000 grant to Florence County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.