Millard Refrigerated Services locating new facility in Charleston County

  Millard Refrigerated Services locating new facility in Charleston County

       $42 million investment expected to create more than 80 new jobs

Business Wire

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- December 19, 2012

Millard Refrigerated Services today announced plans to develop and operate a
new cold storage distribution facility in Charleston County. The $42 million
investment is expected to generate 87 new jobs.

“The team at Millard is excited about the business opportunities with our new
operation in Charleston County. The facility will give us access to the
world-class port in Charleston and provide an efficient hub for our customers
along the East Coast and throughout the Southeast. We look forward to getting
our new facility up and running, and appreciate the support we’ve received
from state and local officials,” said Lance Larsen, President & CEO of Millard
Refrigerated Services.

Millard Refrigerated Services will construct a state-of-the-art cold storage
facility in the Palmetto Commerce Park, located at 7748 Palmetto Commerce
Parkway, North Charleston. The company will use the facility to freeze and
store poultry, pork and beef products that will be exported to foreign

“We celebrate Millard Refrigerated Services decision to put down roots in
South Carolina with a $42 million investment that will create 87 new jobs. We
are working hard every day to attract investments like this one from companies
across the nation and around the globe. We appreciate Millard’s decision to
join the Palmetto State’s business community,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Millard Refrigerated Services expects to begin work on the building in the
spring of 2013, and start operations by 2014.

“Distribution and logistics companies are increasingly coming to understand
that South Carolina is just right for their operations. Being centrally
located between Miami and New York City, having solid infrastructure and one
of the busiest ports on the East Coast makes the Palmetto State ideal for
reaching customers and markets,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

Last year, South Carolina’s exports jumped more than 21 percent to $24.6
billion in goods sold to 198 countries around the world.

“The port community welcomes Millard to the area, as their presence will mean
increased activity through the Port of Charleston’s container facilities,”
said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority.
“Exports of refrigerated cargo have continued to rise, and these heavy exports
must find their way to ports with deep-water capabilities, like Charleston. We
congratulate Secretary Hitt and Commerce’s partners for bringing Millard to
South Carolina.”

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in mid-2013. Anyone
interested in job opportunities with the company should visit the careers
section of Millard website (

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant
of $3.75 million.

About Millard Refrigerated Services

Millard Refrigerated Services was founded in 1963, in Omaha, NE. The company
remains family owned and operated. Millard currently serves all of North
America through the operation of 36 regional facilities, and is the
second-largest refrigerated warehouse and distribution company in the United
States. In addition to cold storage warehousing and transportation, Millard
provides clients with a wide variety of other value-added services including
High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP), logistics support and import/export
assistance. To learn more about Millard’s full line of value added services,
please visit or call 402-896-6600.

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 businesses grow.
Commerce won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area
Development magazine in 2012. Commerce has been part of recruiting world-class
companies to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental,, Heinz, ZF Group, BMW and Google Inc. Commerce also supports small
and existing business, rural development initiatives and offers grants for
community development. For more information, visit


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