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SC: Valagro to Invest $14M, Launch New Production Facility, Hire 47

25 May, 2018


Valagro, a producer of biostimulants and fertilizers for the agriculture industry, is launching its new production operations in Orangeburg County. The company's $14 million investment is projected to create 47 new, high-skilled jobs.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Valagro is a global leader in the world of biostimulants. The company specializes in the production and marketing of specialty nutrients for use in agricultural production and other industrial applications. Valagro operates through its 12 subsidiaries and owns a commercial network covering more than 80 countries worldwide. Providing innovative and effective solutions for plant nutrition and care, the company's mission is to increase the quantity and quality of plants and harvested crops while enhancing productivity and reducing environmental impact.

Located at 397 Millennium Drive in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Valagro's new, 65,000-square-foot Orangeburg County facility is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2019. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

For more information on Valagro, visit the company's website at https://www.valagro.com/en.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits, as well as a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of building construction.

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"The construction of this U.S. production facility greatly supports our ability to better serve some of the most strategically important markets, such as the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This means fully implementing Valagro's principle of putting the customer in the center; the new facility will allow us to improve our ability to meet customers' needs by providing them with a wide range of sustainable and effective nutritional solutions." - Valagro CEO Giuseppe Natale

"Today, we celebrate yet another international firm choosing to do business in South Carolina, a further testament to our business-friendly climate and well-trained workforce. I congratulate Valagro and Orangeburg County on this terrific new partnership and look forward to watching it thrive for years to come." -Gov. Henry McMaster

"When a new business comes to South Carolina, it speaks volumes not only about our business climate, but also about our workforce. I am excited to see what the future has in store for Valagro and their new home in Orangeburg County." - Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"We welcome Valagro to South Carolina and to Orangeburg County. Valagro is joining one of the state's top industries, and we're eager to share our agribusiness-friendly climate with this international company as it builds its new U.S. production facility." - South Carolina  Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers

"South Carolina Ports Authority welcomes Valagro to our state and looks forward to serving its import needs. The Port plays an important role in the international supply chains of manufacturers across our state, and we look forward to supporting their addition to our growing economy." - South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome

"Orangeburg County welcomes Valagro to our community. We are grateful they have chosen Orangeburg County as your first manufacturing facility in the U.S. It is a testament to our skilled workforce, location and pro-business environment. We thank Valagro for their investment in our county and our citizens." - Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright Sr.

"I join with the Orangeburg City Council in welcoming Valagro, a leader in the production and marketing of biostimulants and specialty nutrients. Their commitment is a positive reflection of our workforce and will provide quality careers for our citizens. By creating these jobs, 47 families will benefit, and our community will continue to prosper. We look forward to working with the company and celebrating its success." - Orangeburg Mayor Michael C. Butler

"We're delighted that Valagro has selected Orangeburg County for its next facility. The company's expansion into Orangeburg County is a boon for the local economy and workforce and further confirms South Carolina's position as a strong competitor in attracting international companies looking to grow their business in the U.S." -Central South Carolina Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan

Five Fast Facts

  • Valagro is launching a new production facility in Orangeburg County.
  • $14 million investment to create 47 new jobs.
  • Valagro is a producer of biostimulants and fertilizers for the agriculture industry.
  • Located at 397 Millennium Drive in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Valagro's new 65,000-square-foot Orangeburg County facility is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2019.

For more information on Valagro, visit the company's website at https://www.valagro.com/en.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

About Central South Carolina Alliance

The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted over $13.3 billion in capital investment and 69,700 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.

CSCA represents the City of Columbia and eight counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland. To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.

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