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Agribusiness operations expanding in Chesterfield County

Staff Report //April 5, 2018//

Agribusiness operations expanding in Chesterfield County

Staff Report //April 5, 2018//

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US-Stevia LLC will be establishing new agribusiness operations in Chesterfield County. The Laurinburg, N.C., company is making a $21 million investment expected to create 50 jobs.

“We are pleased to be able to locate our operations and new facilities in Chesterfield County. The location itself aligns perfectly with our crop and product expansion plans for the coming years, and we are quite excited to find ourselves in a place where we can both tap into a wealth of agribusiness resources, while at the same time adding value to those resources as we expand our operations,” Hal Teegarden, US-Stevia LLC president, said in a statement.

The company and its partners grow, extract and sell a no-calorie sweetener.

“US-Stevia LLC’s $21 million investment in Chesterfield County is another great success story for South Carolina’s $42 billion and growing agribusiness industry,” said S.C. Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers. “More and more companies are calling South Carolina home thanks to our agribusiness-friendly climate and our commitment to growth and innovation.”

Located at 70 Carolinas Centre Lane South in Cheraw, the operation is projected to come online by the fourth quarter of 2018. Hiring for the new positions should begin in the third quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should contact [email protected].  

“The Carolinas Centre Industrial Park has been and continues to be a collaborative effort between the county and the towns of Cheraw and Chesterfield,” said Al Johnson, Chesterfield county council chairman.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits as well as a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Chesterfield County to assist with the cost of building improvements.