CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Millard Refrigerated Services on Wednesday announced plans to develop and operate a new
cold storage distribution facility in Charleston County.
The $42 million
investment is 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
Millard will construct a cold storage facility in
the Palmetto Commerce Park in North
Charleston. The company will use the facility to freeze and store poultry, pork
and beef products that will be exported.
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
Refrigerated Services expects to begin work on the building in the spring of
2013, and start operations by 2014.
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.
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."
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."
South Carolina's exports jumped more than 21 percent to $24.6 billion in goods
sold to 198 countries around the world.
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
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
Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant of