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Foam packaging company to open $15M facility in Lee County

Christina Lee Knauss //January 12, 2023//

Foam packaging company to open $15M facility in Lee County

Christina Lee Knauss //January 12, 2023//

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EFP LLC, or Engineered Foam Packaging, has leased property at 227 Browntown Road in Bishopville for its first facility in South Carolina. (Photo/Provided)

A company that specializes in customized protective foam packing materials is investing $15 million to establish operations in Lee County.

Engineered Foam Packaging is a subsidiary of J.B. Poindexter & Co. and was established in 1954, according to a news release. The Lee County operation will create 53 new jobs.

The Indiana-based company specializes in the design and manufacturing of protective packaging and cold chain solutions. This will be EFP’s first South Carolina location. The company also has operations in Alabama, Tennessee and Nevada.

“This new manufacturing center in South Carolina augments our geographic reach, allowing us to more effectively serve our diverse customer base in the Southeast while opening a whole new geography for growth and expansion with prospective new customers,” said EFP President John Hoeper in the release.

The new operations will be located at 227 Browntown Road in Bishopville and include the custom upfit of a 117,000-square-foot industrial building that will house the manufacturing and distribution operations, according to the release. The company anticipates an expansion to the facility of an additional 50,000 to 100,000 square feet in two to three years.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Lee County and demonstrates our ability to attract and grow national and international businesses in our area,” said Lee County Council Chairman Travis Windham. “We are committed to the continued support of EFP as they strengthen our economy and our industrial landscape.”

EFP is leasing a 117,865-square-foot industrial building on 20 acres in Bishopville for its operations.

Operations are expected to be online by August 2023. Individuals interested in joining the EFP team should visit the company’s careers page. 

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to this project.