Company Feature: Georgia-based peanut shelling company to expand into Orangeburg County

January 6, 2022

source: News19 WLTX

CAMERON, S.C. — Premium Peanut, a Georgia-based peanut shelling company, is sowing new roots in Orangeburg County. The decision to expand will create 130 new jobs.

"We are very pleased to announce that over the next five years, we're going to be investing more than 60 million dollars in Orangeburg County to build a peanut shelling plant," said Karl Zimmer, Premium Peanut's CEO.

"It's a big deal because this is the biggest investment in the county when it comes to a 64-million-dollar investment," said Orangeburg County Council Chair Johnnie Wright.

The shelling company's CEO and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster say the move will help South Carolina economically since the state doesn't have a peanut shelling facility.

"Currently, South Carolina does not have a peanut shelling plant," explained Zimmer. "However, they grow 150,000 tons of peanuts every year."

"To have our own facility right here to do the shelling, to get them in line for what's next is a big step," said Gov. McMaster.

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