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·         Ruiz Foods investing $79M in S. Carolina production plant

·         Ruiz Foods expansion bringing over 700 jobs to Florence County



Ruiz Foods investing $79M in S. Carolina production plant


by Bridget Butler-Sullivan, The Business Journal (CA)

July 12, 2017


Ruiz Food Products, Inc., the Valley-based leader in frozen Mexican food and snack products, is investing $79 million in its existing operations in South Carolina.


The company will be adding a new production line to the manufacturing facility, with plans for two more lines within the next seven years. This will result in employment additional of more than 700 people, adding to the 3,500 working in the company’s operations in Dinuba, Texas, and South Carolina.


“We’re delighted that Ruiz Food Products has chosen to expand and grow their operations,” said Kent Caudle, council chairman of Florence County where the South Carolina plant is located...





Ruiz Foods expansion bringing over 700 jobs to Florence County


By Audrey Biesk, WMBF News (SC)

July 11th 2017


FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Ruiz Foods is bringing in 705 new jobs to the Florence County facility.


The official announcement was held during a Ruiz Foods Fiesta Tuesday morning with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. The company is making a $79 million investment and doubling its current capacity and manufacturing.


“It all starts with our people are strong, they are resilient and some of them are the leaders in these big companies who could go anywhere in the world but South Carolina is a handshake state," McMaster said. "When someone gives you your word, you can take it to the bank and that’s very important to people who invest in multi millions of dollars, sometimes hundreds of millions, into a new plant or expansion in South Carolina."


The family-owned business employs more than 3,600 people across California, its base, Texas and South Carolina. Florence County is considered the East Coast home.


“It started with Mr. Ruiz and his father, so it’s three generations of Ruizs represented in the company and their values and things that are important to them are the same things that are important to South Carolinians," McMaster said.


The fiesta included other people like Sen. Hugh Leatherman, South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, Florence County Economic Development, Florence County Council and Florence City Council members, and other business leaders.


“As we say in Florence County, we don’t want to give anybody an excuse to not do business here.” said Florence County Council Chairman Kent Caudle...