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Birdsong Corp. to open facility in Darlington County

Staff Report
Published March 19, 2014

Birdsong Corp., a Virginia-based company that processes peanuts for marketing and distribution worldwide, will set up a facility in Darlington County. The $47.3 million investment is expected to create 55 jobs over five years.

Fred Garner, Birdsong’s procurement manager, said he hopes to have the new facility operational by September.

Birdsong started out as a storage company in 1911. The company is headquartered in Suffolk, Va., and operates plants in Georgia, Texas and Virginia, supplying products to U.S. and international markets.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $500,000 rural infrastructure fund grant for building and site improvements.

“I’m happy that Birdsong Peanuts is coming to the Darlington community to build our new facility, and we look forward to working with the agribusiness and business community in Darlington County for many years to come,” Garner said.

“Birdsong Corporation recognizes the value of S.C. agribusiness, and I am pleased to see the company increasing its presence here. Peanuts have become a very important crop for our state, and this new facility will add value to this crop for S.C. farmers and this sector of agribusiness,” said state Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.