Nestlé USA has unveiled plans to expand existing operations and add a new production line at its factory in Gaffney, South Carolina. Operational since 1980, the facility produces frozen food entrees under the Stouffer’s, Lean Cuisine and Sweet Earth brand names. The $100 million investment is expected to create approximately 160 additional jobs.
“The frozen food category has been growing for the last few years, and the pandemic (SARS-CoV-2) has only increased that trend. As people spent more time at home, they rediscovered the convenience, value and great taste of frozen foods. Our investment in the Gaffney factory will ensure that we can continue to meet consumer demand for two of our most popular and well-known brands,” said Nicole Caldwell, manager of the factory.
“Nestlé USA’s decision to continue investing in South Carolina shows that companies find the recipe they need to be successful here. Every one of these jobs will have an impact on Cherokee County, and we thank this great company for its commitment to our state,” said Governor Henry McMaster.
“Taking care of existing industry is a critical part of South Carolina’s economic development mission. When companies like Nestlé decide to expand, it shows we are doing a lot of things right. We look forward to watching the company grow for years to come,” added Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.