A Virginia-based company that processes peanuts will locate a new facility in Darlington County, investing $47.3 million and creating 55 new jobs over five years.

Birdsong Corp., with other sites in Georgia, Texas and Virginia, processes peanuts for marketing and distribution worldwide. The plant is expected to open by September, according to the company.

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

"I'm happy that Birdsong Peanuts is coming to the Darlington community to build our new facility, and we look forward to working with the agribusiness and business community in Darlington County for many years to come," said Fred Garner, Birdsong procurement manager. "It's been a pleasure to get the project to this point."

Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers called the operation a welcome addition to the state's agribusiness industry.

"Peanuts have become a very important crop for our state, and this new facility will add value to this crop for South Carolina farmers and this sector of agribusiness," Weathers said.

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