S.C. Governor Henry McMaster was in Hampton County Sept. 2 with different state officers to announce a brand new agriculture know-how campus that can supply 1,500 jobs.
Positioned within the new Alternative Zone, an initiative sponsored by State Senator Tim Scott in an effort to carry jobs to distressed counties, the 150,000-square-foot distribution middle of the Agriculture Applied sciences Campus (ATC) can be a packing, distribution and processing firm that can make South Carolina the chief in agriculture.
“That is precisely the kind of funding we anticipated in creating Alternative Zones, and ATC is a basic instance of the potential for zones throughout the nation,” mentioned Senator Scott. “It will carry jobs to underserved areas like Hampton County.”
Partnering on the undertaking are Clemson College, Clear Water Farms, LiDestry Meals, and Mastronardi Produce which were collaborating collectively to create the brand new campus for a yr.
Grown beneath glass and in greenhouses, the campus will produce regionally grown, pesticide-free greens and fruits that can be grown quicker. Cleaner, brisker produce with longer shelf life can be inexpensive and out there for shoppers. Much less water can be wanted, a smaller carbon footprint will exist, and meals can be grown yr spherical not seasonally. The campus may also associate with native farmers.
Mastronardi, a associate within the new facility, is a family-owned enterprise that pioneered the industrial greenhouse trade in North America within the 1940s.
Additionally partnering is Clear Water Farms. Jim Campbell, CEO, mentioned, “Clear Water Farms values their sturdy relationship with Mastronardi and the Sundown manufacturers. We’re excited to carry locally-grown, pesticide free leafy greens like lettuce, arugula and basil to over 50 million People all through the Southeast. Now, with this Agriculture Expertise Campus, we’re excited to carry the artwork of rising, co-packing and distribution collectively and make South Carolina a pacesetter in managed setting agriculture.”
One other associate, LiDestri, is a number one meals, beverage and spirits co-packing firm, that can lead the co-packing facility. This facility will permit each campus growers and different South Carolina farmers to course of produce making gadgets similar to salsa, pesto and different merchandise. LiDestri will deal with the processing, packaging, transport and logistical wants for the Agriculture Expertise Campus.
“The chance to carry jobs, contemporary produce and funding to rural South Carolina, whereas partnering with among the finest corporations in regionally grown produce may be very thrilling. We’re thrilled to be a part of this partnership and sit up for the alternatives the co-packing facility will carry to the local people,” mentioned Stefani LiDestri, CEO, LiDestri Meals and Drink.
ATC will profit Hampton and surrounding counties as farmers and workers can be wanted, and produce can be extra available yr spherical.
The campus is anticipated to be operational in 2022 with full operation anticipated by 2025.