Dairy facility to bring 50 jobs to Colleton Co.

COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A new dairy facility is on its way to Colleton County, and is expected to generate 60 new jobs within the next five years.

Crescent Dairy & Beverages LLC will bring an ultra pasteurized beverage processing facility in an investment expected to exceed $30 million.

"We are excited about moving forward with our plans of establishing operations in the eastern U.S. After close to one year of extensive research and exploration of the region, we are convinced that South Carolina and Colleton County will offer us a secure business environment that will guarantee solid progress which will contribute to our regional expansion," said company representative Gabriel Pascual.

"The new location is ideal for serving not only eastern U.S. markets, but export markets as well, as the Port of Charleston provides ideal conditions to allow fast and constant flow of cargo to the region," Pascual added. "We are also very appreciative of the professionalism and support received from all South Carolina and Colleton County state officials and representatives involved in the negotiating process; such was unparalleled when compared to other participating states and certainly made a difference for us to establish operations here."

The new facilities will include state of the art processing equipment which will implement "ultra-high-temperature" (UHT) beverage processing. This type of processing allows beverages to have an extended shelf life without refrigeration until opened, and in many cases such a shelf life can exceed 12 months. The initial production output of the company is anticipated to be mainly for export markets expecting to make a cross-over move to U.S. markets gradually in the near future, company officials confirmed.

"Today's announcement is another win for one of our state's rural counties. We celebrate Crescent Dairy & Beverages' decision to locate in Colleton County, invest $30 million and create 60 new jobs. By continuing to provide a business-friendly climate, we can help bring more job-creating investments like this one to all regions of South Carolina," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,400 jobs in the agribusiness sector.

"We are very pleased to see Crescent Dairy & Beverages locate their facility here in Colleton County," said Colleton County Council Chairman Evon Robinson. "It is good to see hard work and the investments made in education and infrastructure pay off for our community. This will certainly put a twinkle in the eye of Colleton County."

Hiring information will be available by the beginning of 2013.

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