Gehl Foods, a major food and beverage manufacturing company, plans to establish operations in Walterboro, South Carolina. The $46 million project is expected to create 106 jobs in Colleton County.
Located at 181 Crescent Way, the company opened Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast, its first East Coast location. Gehl Foods also has facilities in the Midwest (Gehl Food & Beverage) and on the West Coast (California Natural Products).
“Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast is the ideal solution to continue our growth in shelf stable beverages while maximizing our supply chain. We look forward to the many opportunities that will come with the addition of our new location in Walterboro,” said Craig Lemieux, CEO of Gehl Foods.
The Economic Development Coordinating Council has approved job development credits related to this project as an incentive.
“South Carolina has a proud tradition in agribusiness, and we welcome Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast to the growing list of companies in this sector. We look forward to the great work they will do here for many years to come,” Commerce Secretary Harry M. Lightsey III said.
Founded in 1896, Gehl Food & Beverage Companies is a leading producer of dairy and shelf stable dairy beverages, cheese sauces, soups, broths, teas, wines and spirits. And much more.
“On behalf of our state’s burgeoning agri-food industry, I am thrilled to welcome Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast to South Carolina. This reputable agribusiness will bolster our reputation as a great place to make food products, while creating new jobs,” said South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers.
“Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast will be a great addition to our diverse manufacturing and processing community, and we welcome them to the South Carolina region of South Carolina. We look forward to working with the company and supporting its operations. Congratulations Colleton County,” added Marty Sauls, president of the SouthernCarolina Alliance.