For Immediate Release
May 12, 2016
Southeast Frozen Foods expanding Calhoun County operations
Expansion to bring $6 million in new investment
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Southeast Frozen Foods, a company which provides retail distribution to grocery stores, and cold storage for processors, manufacturers and distributors, is expanding its operations in Calhoun County. This new expansion will result in a capital investment of $6 million and create 30 new jobs. This is their third expansion over the last eight years, representing more than $20 million in cumulative capital investments and over 100 jobs created.
Located on 17 acres in Gaston, S.C., Southeast Frozen Foods distributes frozen and refrigerated foods to hundreds of retail grocery stores and provides cold storage services to processors and manufacturers of quality South Carolina food products.
With this project, the company will be expanding the total square footage at its Gaston facility to more than 200,000 square-feet. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the summer of 2016. Those interested in joining the Southeast Frozen Foods team should visit the company’s careers page online.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
“We’re proud to announce yet another expansion and are proud to be a part of this community. We’d like to thank the Department of Commerce and Calhoun County for their continued commitment throughout this process.” –Southeast Frozen Foods President and CEO Rich Bauer
“It’s a great day to celebrate another win for one of South Carolina’s rural communities. The continued commitment of Southeast Frozen Foods to both the local community in Gaston and our state as a whole is something we are extremely proud of. This investment of $6 million, creating 30 new jobs, is a big win for Calhoun County, and we congratulate Southeast Frozen Foods on their continued success there. This is the third expansion for Southeast in eight years, with $20 million in investment and over 100 jobs created!” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“South Carolina continues to lead the way in business growth, and today’s announcement by Southeast Frozen Foods is a testament to that. As an existing member of our Midlands community, we are proud to see them grow and thrive.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“Calhoun County has always shown that low taxes, reasonable regulation and a business-friendly environment not only prime areas for new investments, but expansions as well. This expansion by Southeast Frozen Foods is a clear illustration that our industries view Calhoun County not just as a location for brick and mortar to be built, but also as a permanent home. We applaud Southeast Frozen Foods for its continued and growing investment into Calhoun County.” –Calhoun County Council Chairman David K. Summers, Jr.
“Our region, counties and local communities continue to prosper because of our workforce and leadership like that found at Southeast Frozen Foods. Congratulations on another expansion announcement and thank you for your commitment to Calhoun County.” –Central SC Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
FIVE FAST FACTS
• Southeast Frozen Foods is expanding its Calhoun County operations.
• $6 million investment to create 30 new jobs. This is the third expansion for this facility in eight years, with over $20 million in investment and 100 jobs created.
• Southeast Frozen Foods is located at 220 Frontage Road in Gaston, S.C.
• The company provides cold storage services for retail grocers and distributors.
• For more information, visit the company’s website at www.seff.com.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. IBM-Plant Location International reports in 2012, 2013 and 2015 ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Adrienne R. Fairwell, APR
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce