NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Millard Refrigerated Services announced plans Wednesday to develop and operate a new cold storage distribution facility in Charleston County, a $42 million investment expected to generate 87 new jobs.
"The team at Millard is excited about the business opportunities with our new operation in Charleston County. The facility will give us access to the world-class port in Charleston and provide an efficient hub for our customers along the East Coast and throughout the Southeast. We look forward to getting our new facility up and running, and appreciate the support we've received from state and local officials," said Lance Larsen, president and CEO of Millard Refrigerated Services.
Millard Refrigerated Services will construct a state-of-the-art cold storage facility in the Palmetto Commerce Park, located at 7748 Palmetto Commerce Parkway, North Charleston. The company will use the facility to freeze and store poultry, pork and beef products that will be exported to foreign markets.
"We celebrate Millard Refrigerated Services decision to put down roots in South Carolina with a $42 million investment that will create 87 new jobs in North Charleston. We are working hard every day to attract investments like this one from companies across the nation and around the globe. We appreciate Millard's decision to join the Palmetto State's business community," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
Millard Refrigerated Services expects to begin work on the building in the spring of 2013, and start operations by 2014.
"Distribution and logistics companies are increasingly coming to understand that South Carolina is just right for their operations. Being centrally located between Miami and New York City, having solid infrastructure and one of the busiest ports on the East Coast makes the Palmetto State ideal for reaching customers and markets," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.
"Our heartiest of congratulations go out today to Millard Refrigerated Services," said Charleston County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor. "Millard fills a void in our region's intermodal transportation offerings, and their capabilities will help our efforts to recruit many other industry sectors. We believe that our world-class port, excellent workforce, and pro-business environment will ensure that their new venture will be a highly successful and profitable one. We think the future here is very bright for both the company and our citizens."
"Millard Refrigerated Services is a welcomed addition to the growing list of world-class businesses to locate within the City of North Charleston along Palmetto Commerce Parkway," said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summery. "It is our commitment to Millard to remain a business friendly community and a location for all of our businesses to flourish."
"As one of the nation's top refrigeration and logistics services providers, Millard will be a tremendous asset to the Charleston region," said Wayne Hall, Charleston Regional Development Alliance Board chairman. "The Port of Charleston and our business friendly climate are critical factors in Millard's decision to locate here, and we're glad they have."
Last year, South Carolina's exports jumped more than 21 percent to $24.6 billion in goods sold to 198 countries around the world.
"The port community welcomes Millard to the area, as their presence will mean increased activity through the Port of Charleston's container facilities," said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority. "Exports of refrigerated cargo have continued to rise, and these heavy exports must find their way to ports with deep-water capabilities, like Charleston. We congratulate Secretary Hitt and Commerce's partners for bringing Millard to South Carolina."
The company will begin hiring for the new positions in mid-2013. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should visit the careers section of Millard website (www.millardref.com).