County Council welcomes Gehl Foods


Gehl Foods, LLC (Gehl Food & Beverage Companies), a leading food and beverage manufacturing company, is establishing operations in Colleton County. The company’s $46 million investment is creating 106 new jobs.

“Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast is an ideal fit for further building on our growth in shelf-stable beverages while maximizing our supply chain. We look forward to the many opportunities that will come with the addition of our newest location in Walterboro,” said Craig Lemieux, CEO of Gehl Foods, LLC.

According to S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, agribusiness is a leading industry in South Carolina.

“This $46 million investment and 106 new jobs will make a significant impact in one of our state’s rural communities, and we look forward to the company’s success in the Palmetto State,” said McMaster in a press release.

Founded in 1896, Gehl Food & Beverage Companies is a market-leading producer of dairy-based and dairy alternative beverages. This includes cheese sauces, soups, broths, teas, wine and spirits and more.

“Every good job provides a brighter future for a family, and we appreciate Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast’s investment in our community. We are pleased that Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast chose Colleton County, which provides an outstanding distribution location on I-95 with easy access to major seaports and our outstanding workforce,” said Colleton County Council Chairman Steve Murdaugh in thanking the company for their investment.

Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast, the company’s first East Coast operation, is at 181 Crescent Way in Walterboro. The company also has facilities in the Midwest (Gehl Food & Beverage) and the West Coast (California Natural Products).

Operations at the Colleton County facility are online. Individuals interested in joining the Gehl Food & Beverage Southeast team should email resumes to the company.

According to Colleton County Economic Alliance Chairman Lee Petrolawicz, Colleton County has a “ready workforce” for this industry. “ …We believe Walterboro will be an outstanding home for this operation, and we are proud that this international food and beverage processing company has chosen to invest in Colleton County,” he said.

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