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      New plant, jobs coming to Darlington County

      A Virginia-based company is opening a new facility in Darlington County that is expected to create 55 jobs, according to a release from Governor Nikki Haley.

      Birdsong Corporation processes peanuts for marketing and distribution worldwide.

      The $47.3 million investment is expected to create the jobs over a five-year period.

      "Announcing 55 new jobs coming to Darlington County is great news for the state and the local community. We applaud Birdsong Peanuts for their investment of $47.3 million and for the major role they play in the continued growth of our state's agribusiness sector," said Governor Haley.

      Birdsong also operates plants in Georgia and Texas, supplying product both domestically and internationally.

      The Darlington facility is expected to be operational by September, according to the company.

      "Birdsong brings a long history of success and reputation of excellence to our community. Their investment in capital and job creation in the agri-business field opens doors of opportunity for our farming community," said Frank Willis, Executive Director of the Darlington County Economic Development Partnership.

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