EA Sween Co., a supplier to the ready-to-eat sandwich industry, will invest $38 million in Greenwood operations and create approximately 300 new jobs.
Founded in 1955, EA Sween Co. is a privately held, third-generation company that produces and ships sandwiches and other ready-to-eat products across the United States. Its brands include Deli Express, Market Sandwich, San Luis Burritos and Simply Delicious Bakery. The company sells more than 100 million sandwiches each year, according to a press release.
“The entire EA Sween Co. team is thrilled to announce our new location in Greenwood County,” said Tom H. Sween, President and CEO, in the press release. “From the moment we first visited the community, we knew it was a perfect fit. South Carolina is a place where people, partnerships, relationships and opportunities matter to everyone we meet. This is an extremely important moment in our history as we grow our business and bring quality products closer to our customers in the South East and beyond.
Located at 5730 U.S. Highway 25 North in Hodges, EA Sween Co.’s new operation in Greenwood County will help double the company’s sandwich production capacity, according to the release. When the facility is fully operational, the company expects to produce an additional 75 million sandwiches per year.
“Today’s announcement is significant because not only is this the highest number of jobs created in our county since 2013, but also because we are welcoming a wonderful family business to our community and at our North Greenwood Industrial Park Specification Building,” Greenwood County Council Chairman Chuck Moates said in the statement. “We appreciate EA Sween Co.’s confidence in our county and that our ratepayers and county leaders had the foresight that enabled us to develop the land and construct this building. We thank EA Sween Co. for his investment and wish him great success.
The facility is expected to be online in the third quarter of 2023.
“EA Sween Co.’s decision to locate its new plant in Greenwood demonstrates that Upstate continues to be a key location for food and beverage companies,” said Upstate President and CEO John Lummus. SC Alliance, in the press release. “Our region’s proximity to consumer markets and logistical advantages, combined with an available and trained workforce, make northern South Carolina an ideal location as businesses seek a location on the Eastern Seaboard. . Congratulations to Greenwood County on this great victory.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved employment development credits related to this project.