Published April 4, 2013
Sunny Z Foods Inc., a producer of pre-packaged instant meals, will establish a production facility in Saluda County, the South Carolina Department of Commerce announced today.
The $12 million investment is expected to generate 150 jobs.
“This new facility will allow us to reach markets along the East Coast and throughout the Southeast,” said Vonnie Rochester, president of Sunny Z Foods, in a news release.
The company will announce plans for the hiring process at a later date.
Saluda County currently has an unemployment rate of 7.5%, comprising a labor force of 8,971 in February, with 671 unemployed. The unemployment rate statewide in February was 8.6%.
Sunny Z Foods Inc. is a startup producer of pre-packaged instant meals for the consumer market. The company will establish its production facility in the former Milliken plant located at 782 Columbia Highway in Saluda County, officials said.
The new facility is expected to begin operations by the end of the year.
“Sunny Z Foods will be a great agribusiness addition to Saluda County and South Carolina,” Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said in a news release. “Agribusiness is vital to the state’s economy and any time we land a food production facility, it speaks to the strength of this sector and will no doubt encourage other agriculture-related businesses to call South Carolina home.”