Prestage Farms of South Carolina LLC, a division of Prestage Farms, plans to construct a new processing facility in Kershaw County, a $150 million investment the company says 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, according to a news release.
The new operations will process poultry products using the latest technology and high levels of automation that will increase sanitation and the shelf life of products, the news release said.
The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Hiring is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022.
“We are proud and excited to announce the expansion of our operations here in South Carolina where we’ve been doing business since 1994, Prestage Farms President Ron Prestage said in the release. “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.”
Founded in 1983, Prestage Farms is a family-owned, family-led producer of 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 release said.
Kershaw County Council Chairman Julian Burns said it’s the largest announced investment for the county in decades.
“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,” he said in the release. “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.”
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project, the release said, and the council also awarded Kershaw County a $1.2 million Set-Aside Fund grant to assist with related project costs.