Mount Franklin Foods is opening operations in Sumter County, the South Carolina Department of Commerce announced, with a $10 million investment that is expected to create 225 new jobs.
“Everyone at Mount Franklin Foods is excited about our operations in Sumter, South Carolina," Mount Franklin Foods President and CEO Gary Ricco said. "This new location will provide us with a strong platform for driving revenues by continuing to serve our customers with compelling product offerings. It is clear that South Carolina is a state that is focused on providing quality jobs for its citizens. Our time spent at readySC, the Central Carolina Technical College and its Advanced Manufacturing Training Center was truly inspiring."
The new facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
"We are confident that we will have an abundance of excellent candidates as we build our team," Ricco said. "We especially appreciate the cooperation and hospitality provided by the state, county and local government agencies. It is great to work with people who are genuinely interested in creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.”
Mount Franklin Foods is expanding its product lines from candy and nuts to organic and nutraceutical products. The nutraceuticals will be fortified with multivitamins and probiotics.
“Upon visiting Sumter, Mount Franklin Foods took notice of the countless assets offered here which will undoubtedly bolster their business," Sumter County Development Board Chair Greg Thompson said. "They were most impressed, however, with what we know to be our sustainable competitive advantage for this region – a workforce agenda that works. We are committed to the emergence of a talent development agency to meet, exceed and anticipate the growing needs of this industry. It’s a huge complement to our team and speaks volumes about the confidence this company has in our community.”