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Netherlands agribusiness company to build $11M Oconee County facility

Jason Thomas //May 17, 2023//

Netherlands agribusiness company to build $11M Oconee County facility

Jason Thomas //May 17, 2023//

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A poultry processing solutions company is establishing its first South Carolina operations with a distribution facility in Oconee County.

The $10.8 million investment from Meyn America LLC will create 25 new jobs, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Commerce.

Meyn America, a subsidiary of Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V., is globally headquartered in the Netherlands. The company partners with poultry processing companies in more than 100 countries, providing poultry equipment and systems.

With North American headquarters in Ball Ground, Ga., Meyn America will construct its new distribution operation at the Oconee Industry and Technology Park in Westminster, according to the release.

“We are excited to partner with Oconee County and the state of South Carolina to expand our business operations — a significant milestone in our global supply chain strategy,” Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V. Managing Director Joost Weel said in the release. “We especially want to thank the Oconee Economic Alliance team for its hospitality and partnership throughout this project. Our new Green Globes-certified distribution facility will not only accelerate and improve the accuracy of our parts deliveries to customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Latin America, it will also help us reduce our company’s carbon footprint by replacing deliveries made by air in favor of land and sea.”

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Meyn America plans to purchase 36 acres to build an approximately 80,000-square-foot distribution center to house and distribute parts for poultry processing equipment for its North and South American customer base, the release stated.

Currently, the company’s parts are shipped via air from distribution centers throughout Europe to Meyn America’s customers — resulting in high CO2 emissions, the release stated. Meyn America’s new South Carolina facility will house a robust parts inventory that will be delivered to customers over land and sea — transportation modes proven to be less carbon intensive than air. 

Operations are expected to be online in the third quarter of 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Meyn America team should visit the company’s careers page.

“We are proud to add another world-class company to our extensive portfolio of agribusinesses,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III said in the release. “We congratulate Meyn America on its success and can’t wait to see how the company will grow and thrive in South Carolina.”