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Gourmet mushroom producer to open facility in Jasper County

Staff Report
Published Dec. 11, 2012

A gourmet mushroom producer, amFOG Farms LLC, plans to relocate its headquarters and construct a state-of-the-art production facility near Hardeeville.

The company announced today it will invest $1 million in the new facility and create seven new jobs.

“Jasper County provides an excellent location for our operation because of the easy access to I-95, I-16, and I-26 and proximity to our growing markets,” said amFOG General Manager Chris Sywassink.

Sywassink said his company is expanding from its operations in Afton, Va.

“Our facility in Virginia will continue to operate and service our Virginia customers,” he added.

The company will produce gourmet mushrooms, including oyster, shiitake and maitake, in a controlled indoor growing environment utilizing amFOG’s patent and trademark-pending process, which is expected to produce 1,500 pounds of mushrooms per week or 78,000 pounds during the first year of operation.

The company plans to begin construction in the first quarter of 2013 on the new facility, which is located south of Hardeeville on U.S. 17.

“Agribusiness continues to be a wealth creator in South Carolina. At commerce, we’ve worked for the past year to bring in more agriculture-related projects, and announcements from companies like amFOG Farms show we are helping that sector grow. Every one of these jobs will have an impact in Jasper County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

For employment inquiries, contact Sywassink at