Distribution center expansion to bring new jobs

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014

Berkeley County officials have announced plans for AGRO Merchant Group’s expansion into Berkeley County.

The international distribution company owns and operates nearly two million square feet of temperature-controlled warehouse and distribution space in the United States, Austria, Ireland, Spain, and the Netherlands.

The move is expected to create 63 new jobs and put some former Piggly Wiggly employees back to work.

“The unfortunate closure of the Piggly Wiggly distribution center left many of the company’s employees searching for jobs,” said Dan Davis, Berkeley County Supervisor. “We are thrilled AGRO Merchant Group has not only chosen to expand its operations into Berkeley County, but is willing to provide some of these hard working individuals with gainful employment. I am looking forward to working with ARGO and am prepared to offer support and resources to help them put people to work.”

AGRO will invest approximately $8 million to upgrade the existing warehouse.

When complete, the facility will be equipped with on-site flash freeze capabilities and 14,000 frozen pallet positions. ARGO also plans to offer USDA meat import and export inspection services.

According to a company press release, Chris Hughes, Partner and President of Agro Merchants U.S. said, “We are extremely excited to offer a new, state-of-the-art solution for our customers that will provide them excellent access to the Port of Charleston, and a cost-effective alternative to move product into and through the Southeastern U.S.

“We have an excellent relationship with the Port of Charleston and look forward to working together to optimize our customer’s import and export supply chain options in the market.”

“We will be connecting AGRO with readySC for job training services,” said Davis. “In all, AGRO qualifies for about $1 million in state and local incentives, includes training and tax credits.”


Notice about comments:

The Journal Scene is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. We do not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not The Journal Scene.

If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full terms and conditions.

Upcoming Events
 Latest News
Print Ads

The Journal Scene

© 2015 The Journal Scene an Evening Post Industries company. All Rights Reserved.

Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Parental Consent Form.