COLUMBIA, SC. – Officials with Carolina Precision Foods LLC, a joint venture between Carolina Fresh Foods and Lake Foods, announced plans on June 16 to operate a further poultry processing plant in Florence County, SC.

The two companies plan to invest $10 million on the future plant, adding that it will create more than 400 jobs. 

“We are excited to become a member of Florence County and the Pee Dee Region. With over 65 million pounds of poultry processed weekly within two hours of Florence, this was the perfect location for our plant,” said Jim Robinson, chief financial officer for Carolina Precision Foods. “With Interstates 20 and 95 at our doorstep, fresh chicken from Carolina Precision Foods can be processed for over 19 million consumers in a day.”

The new venture will specialize in deboning, portioning, marination, custom further processing and mechanically separating food. 

According to information from the South Carolina Governor’s office, operations are expected to begin in August 2022.

“Agribusiness is one of our leading industries, and with our pro-business environment, it continues to grow at a rapid pace,” said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. “We congratulate Carolina Precision Foods LLC on their $10 million investment and look forward to the impact these 402 new jobs will have on Florence County.”

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development for the state approved job development credits related to this project.