COLUMBIA, SC. — Pork and poultry producer Prestage Farms recently announced that it would build a new processing facility in Kershaw County, SC.

The company said it plans to invest $150 million in the facility and create 292 new jobs.

“We are proud and excited to announce the expansion of our operations here in South Carolina where we’ve been doing business since 1994,” said Ron Prestage, president of Prestage Farms. “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.”

It is estimated the project will be completed by the end of 2022 and hiring is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2022.

Job development credits also were approved for this project by the Coordinating Council for Economic Development. The council also awarded Kershaw County a $1.2 million Set-Aside Fund grant to assist with related costs for the project.

“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,” said Julian Burns, chairman of the Kershaw County Council. “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.”