$ 423 million investment will create 496 new jobs over the next eight years
COLUMBIA, SC (STL.News) Governor Henry mcmaster and the SC Department of Commerce announced that E. & J. Gallo Winery (Gallo), a global wine and spirits company, will build a new state-of-the-art production facility and distribution center in County of Chester to support the company’s future growth and long-term innovation plans. The $ 423 million investment will create 496 new jobs over the next eight years.
“Gallo’s investment will transform Chester County and contribute significantly to South Carolina’s economic prosperity. Creating a business environment in which world-class brands can grow and prosper is critical to South Carolina’s long-term economic success, especially in our rural communities, ”Governor Henry McMaster said. “We are delighted with their partnership and look forward to a long and successful relationship. “
Offering bottling and canning capacity as well as warehousing and distribution for the company’s growing portfolio of wine and spirits brands, the new South Carolina facility will allow Gallo to better meet demand. customers on the east coast, while reducing its overall carbon footprint. Given Chester County’s proximity to the Port of Charleston, this new location will also serve as a hub for Gallo’s import and export business.
“We could not be more grateful for the collaboration and support shown by the State of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and those of Chester County and all the public and private entities that have adopted this project throughout the planning process. and welcomed us into the community, ”said Gallo CEO Ernest J. Gallo.
Construction of the new facility is expected to begin almost immediately, with the first phase of the project on track to be completed in October 2022. Gallo is working closely with readySC to prepare for hiring and various workforce training needs . Those interested in joining the Gallo team should visit www.gallocareers.com/southcarolina for more information.
The Economic Development Coordination Council has approved employment development credits related to this project. A grant of $ 16 million from the Rural Infrastructure Fund was also awarded to Chester County to help with project costs.
Last month, SC’s Department of Commerce appeared before the Joint Bond Review Committee and the State Fiscal Accountability Authority and received approval to pay $ 8 million in bonds to offset offsite mitigation costs in under the Economic Development Bond Act.