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W. Lee Flowers expanding Florence County warehouse operations

Staff Report
Published Nov. 9, 2012

W. Lee Flowers and Co., a wholesale grocery company, plans to expand its warehouse operations in Florence County. The $6.5 million investment, announced Thursday, is expected to create 15 jobs.

The privately held company said it will add 75,000 square feet to its warehouse operation in Scranton, which is about 20 miles south of Florence on U.S. 52.

W. Lee Flowers, founded in 1922, supplies IGA retail stores and independent supermarkets across South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. The first phase of the expansion project is expected to be completed in 2013.

“This expansion will help us meet increased demand from our customers,” said Henry Johnson, company president. “South Carolina continues to provide the right fit for our company’s operations.”

Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $322 million in capital investment and more than 2,800 jobs in the distribution and logistics sector, according to the S.C. Commerce Department.

Additionally, in the agribusiness sector, more than $292 million in capital investment and more than 1,400 jobs have been recruited during the same period.

“This expansion is another indication of how vital agribusiness is to South Carolina,” said Hugh Weathers, S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture. “W. Lee Flowers and Co. is well-respected in the food industry, and is a great partner to farmers in South Carolina.”

Flowers plans to begin hiring for new positions in late 2013. Those interested in applying should contact the company’s human resources department at 843-389-2731.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant for $100,000.

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