~ The company’s newest large-scale controlled environment facility will create 50 new jobs ~
Columbia, SC — Shenandoah Growers, Inc., a national leader in commercially advanced indoor agriculture, today broke ground on its next indoor ‘Biofarm,’ located in Anderson County. The project will create 50 local, well-paying jobs.
With leading unit economics, capital efficiency, market reach and product offerings, Shenandoah Growers, Inc. is poised to break a long-standing market compromise by delivering 100% USDA certified organic produce that is both affordable and widely accessible. Shenandoah Growers, Inc. has long-term strategic partnerships with the nation’s largest food retailers, including relationships of more than 20 years, and products available in approximately 20,000 stores.
Located at 2665 Highway 29 South in Anderson, the 100,000-square-foot Biofarm will grow USDA certified organic herbs and leafy greens.
The new facility is anticipated to be operational by the second quarter of 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Shenandoah Growers, Inc. team should visit the company’s careers webpage.
“Our newest Biofarm will further enable Shenandoah Growers to deliver what consumers in South Carolina and across the Southeast want: delicious organic produce, grown nearby in an environmentally responsible way, without the usual premium price. This farm is part of our broader vision for a transparent, diverse and responsive food system more resilient against climate change and supply chain disruptions. Looking ahead, there is tremendous opportunity to apply innovation to develop produce aligned with emerging consumer trends, from better flavor and texture to enhanced nutrient content, responsive to the burgeoning ‘food as health’ concept. We thank the state of South Carolina and Anderson County for their partnership and look forward to joining this thriving community.” -Shenandoah Growers, Inc. CEO Matt Ryan
“We work hard every day to show companies that South Carolina is the right place for them to do business. We greatly appreciate Shenandoah Growers, Inc.’s decision to invest and create new jobs in Anderson County.” –Gov. Henry McMaster
“South Carolina has always attracted leaders of industry across all fields, and Shenandoah Growers, Inc. is no exception. Our capacity for agriculture has never been stronger, and the addition of Shenandoah Growers, Inc. in Anderson County will lead to further growth in the industry.” –Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“I’m pleased to welcome Shenandoah Growers, Inc. to the Upstate, where they’ll deploy innovative indoor farming techniques to meet consumer demand for fresh locally grown food. South Carolina’s strong agricultural tradition and support for agribusiness make this a great place for Shenandoah Growers, Inc. to expand to.” -Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
“I am especially excited about this announcement because Shenandoah’s operations fit perfectly with the long and storied tradition of agriculture in southern Anderson County. We are glad to have them on board and I know they will feel right at home in our community.” -Anderson County Councilman Ray Graham
Five Fast Facts
- Shenandoah Growers, Inc. is establishing its next indoor farm in Anderson County.
- The 100,000-square-foot Biofarm will grow organic herbs and leafy greens.
- The facility will create 50 new jobs.
- Shenandoah Growers, Inc. delivers 100% USDA certified organic produce to approximately 20,000 retailers nationwide.
- Individuals interested in joining the Shenandoah Growers, Inc. team should visit the company’s careers webpage.
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, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
About Shenandoah Growers, Inc.
Founded in 1989, Shenandoah Growers is the leading grower and marketer of fresh organic culinary herbs in the United States, providing sustainable, USDA certified organic, regionally grown produce to retailers coast-to-coast. The Rockingham, Virginia-based company has developed the nation’s largest commercial indoor organic growing systems and continues to redefine how to bring fresh, organic, and sustainably farmed produce to market – operating across a nationally integrated platform of farms, production, and logistics facilities. For more information, please visit www.shenandoahgrowers.com.
Under the THAT’S TASTY® BRAND, Shenandoah Growers provides USDA organic, non-GMO, regionally grown, and sustainably farmed fresh culinary herbs and greens. Launched in 2017, the THAT’S TASTY BRAND offers consumers ways to add Pure Organic Flavor™ to their everyday cooking by offering a full line of products including living organic herb plants, fresh cut herbs, herb purees, lettuces and microgreens. www.thatstasty.com.
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