Perdue Farms has completed a $25 million expansion at its poultry complex in Dillon County, South Carolina, creating 100 additional jobs.
Perdue Farms expanded its portioning and marinating operations, added a state-of-the-art shipping cooler, installed an automated pallet storage system and constructed office space to occupy more than 28,000 square feet at the existing facility.
“The expansion will help us meet the growing demand for no-antibiotics-ever chicken products, and maintain the high level of customer service and reliability our customers in South Carolina and across the country expect from Perdue,” said Randy Day, Perdue Farms CEO. “We’re proud to add to the economic growth here in the Pee Dee region, and we’re grateful to Gov. (Henry) McMaster, Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt and Dillon County for their support and leadership.”
Since 1992, Perdue Farms has created more than 1,200 jobs in the Pee Dee region. A hatchery and live production office, in Dillon, South Carolina, provides support to more than 95 poultry farmers who supply Perdue Farms and more than 100 farmers who, specifically, supply grains to the company.
“Perdue Farms’ decision to continue investing in South Carolina and our people shows that companies find the resources they need to be successful here,” said Gov. McMaster. “Every one of these jobs will have an impact on Dillon County, and we thank this great company for their ongoing commitment to our state.”
“I am so pleased to see Perdue Farms’ continued growth in South Carolina. They are a true friend of our state’s agribusiness industry, and play a vital role in employing and investing in rural South Carolina,” said, Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture.
Perdue Farms, according to the WATT PoultryUSA Top Poultry Companies survey, is the fourth largest broiler company in the United States, having processed 64.42 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2018.