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      Peanut processor investing millions and bringing jobs to Darlington county

      Peanut processor investing millions and bringing jobs to Darlington county
      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- The state Commerce Department says an international high voltage cable manufacturing firm and a Virginia peanut processor are putting new facilities in Berkeley and Darlington counties.

      Commerce spokeswoman Alison Skipper said Wednesday that Nexans High Voltage USA is investing $85 million in Berkeley County. The facility near Charleston and the Cooper River will employ 200 people and will produce high voltage underground cables. Production is to begin in July.

      â??When a new business comes into South Carolina, it speaks volumes about our workforce. It echoes to the nation that we are just right for business. I am excited to see what the future has in store for Birdsong and their new home in Darlington Count,.â?? said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

      Birdsong Corp. of Virginia announced it is investing $47 million in a new plant in Darlington County.

      â??Announcing 55 new jobs coming to Darlington County is great news for the state and the local community. We applaud Birdsong Peanuts for their investment of $47.3 million and for the major role they play in the continued growth of our stateâ??s agribusiness sector," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

      â??Birdsong brings a long history of success and reputation of excellence to our community. Their investment in capital and job creation in the agri-business field opens doors of opportunity for our farming communit,â?? said Frank Willis, executive director Darlington County Economic Development Partnership

      The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $500,000 rural infrastructure grant for the Birdsong building and site improvements.