Food Manufacturer Moves Operations to Walterboro > Charleston Business Journal


Companies always announce their plans through the SC Commerce Department – the investments they intend to make and the employees they intend to hire. Gehl Foods LLC Tuesday announced what they had already done.

The food and manufacturing company is already operating in Walterboro at a new facility creating products found on grocery store shelves.

The company’s $46 million investment in the Colleton County town will create 106 jobs when operations are at full capacity, the company said in a Commerce Department news release.

“Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast is the perfect fit to continue our growth in shelf stable beverages while maximizing our supply chain,” said Craig Lemieux, CEO of Gehl Foods LLC, in the press release. “We look forward to the many opportunities that will come with the addition of our new location in Walterboro.”

Founded in 1896, Gehl Food & Beverage Companies produces shelf stable dairy and dairy alternative beverages, cheese sauces, soups, broths, teas, wine and spirits and other products . Located at 181 Crescent Way in Walterboro, the company opened Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast, its first East Coast operation. The company also has facilities in the Midwest (Gehl Food & Beverage) and on the West Coast (California Natural Products).

The company’s website says Gehl makes products that can be found in “nearly every retail, convenience, and health food store across the country.” The company specializes in developing “aseptic solutions” that keep food and beverages, including dairy products, fresh and safe for a long shelf life without refrigeration.

“On behalf of our state’s burgeoning agribusiness industry, I am pleased to welcome Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast to South Carolina,” SC Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said in the statement. “This reputable agribusiness will reinforce our reputation as a great place to make food products, while creating new jobs.” The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved employment development credits related to this project.
“Every good job provides a brighter future for a family, and we appreciate Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast’s investment in our community,” Colleton County Council Chairman Steve Murdaugh said in the statement. “We are thrilled that Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast chose Colleton County, which offers an exceptional distribution location off I-95 with easy access to major seaports and our exceptional workforce.”
According to Lee Petrolawicz, president of the Colleton County Economic Alliance, Walterboro is about halfway between New York and Miami on Interstate 95.

Contact Ross Norton at 864-720-1222.


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