With $45 million invested and 40 new jobs planned, independent bottler and cooperative Carolina Canners Inc. is expanding its Chesterfield County operations, adding a high-tech addition to its existing facility on Highway 1 in Cheraw.
An additional 45,000 square feet and new, state-of-the-art equipment will augment production for the company, which serves Pepsi, among other clients. Carolina Canners has operated its plant since 1968, with several previous expansions over the years.
Planned equipment upgrades will primarily expedite production of the Pepsi-Lipton Tea Partnership’s Pure Leaf, a premium iced tea product brewed directly from tea leaves. With new jobs expected to commence in the second quarter of 2017, individuals interested in joining the Carolina Canners team can visit the SC Works website to prepare for when the company starts hiring.
“Carolina Canners is a perfect example of one of South Carolina’s very own that continues to find success here,” said Governor Nikki Haley. Chesterfield County Economic Development board director Kim Burch concurred, calling the company an asset to the community.
CEO Jeff Stevens also commended the outlay, stating that the expenditure signifies a genuine collaboration between Carolina Canners and PepsiCo.