An agribusiness cluster in Hampton County, South Carolina, will make use of 1,547 individuals in rising, packing and transport tomatoes, leafy greens, blueberries and other produce. The organization will use a cutting-edge method, referred to as Managed Surroundings Agriculture.
The $314 million Agriculture Expertise Campus is a three-way partnership including a number of greenhouses and hoop-houses, a 150,000 ft2 distribution heart, and a big co-packer centrally positioned throughout the cluster.
The project at the Southern Carolina Industrial Campus in Early Branch was announced with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joining Governor Henry McMaster and Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers at the site.
The project brings together several powerhouse agribusinesses – Mastronardi, a Canadian company that sells tomatoes under the Sunset label; LiDestri Food and Drink, which will provide processing, packing, shipping and logistical services; and Clear Water Farms, an experienced indoor grower of leafy greens – along with GEM Opportunity Zone Fund.