Sunny Z Foods Inc., a producer of pre-packaged instant meals, will invest $12 and generate 150 jobs in a new Saluda County plant.

The plant will take over a former Milliken textile mill at 782 Columbia Highway and start production by the end of the year.

The company will announce hiring plans at a later date.

“This new facility will allow us to reach markets along the East Coast and throughout the Southeast,” said Vonnie Rochester, president of Sunny Z Foods.

Gov. Nikki Haley called it “another big win” for one of the state’s rural counties.

“This announcement also shows that South Carolina is on the move and attracting job-creating investments because we understand what businesses need in order to do well,” Haley said in a statement.

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $8 billion in capital investment and more than 21,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, and recruited more than $530 million in capital investment and more than 2,200 jobs in the agribusiness sector.

“Agribusiness is vital to the state’s economy, and any time we land a food production facility, it speaks to the strength of this sector and will no doubt encourage other agriculture-related businesses to call South Carolina home,” state Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said.