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Biostimulant Manufacturer Plans Orangeburg Facility

May 24, 2018 03:07PM ● Published by Kathleen Maris
Valagro, a producer of biostimulants and fertilizers for the agriculture industry, is launching production operations in Orangeburg County. The company's $14 million investment is projected to create 47 new jobs.

Founded in 1980 and headquartered in the Abruzzo region of Italy, Valagro is a global leader in the world of biostimulants. The company specializes in the production and marketing of specialty nutrients for use in agricultural production and other industrial applications. Valagro operates through its 12 subsidiaries and owns a commercial network covering more than 80 countries worldwide. Providing effective solutions for plant nutrition and care, the company's mission is to increase the quantity and quality of plants and harvested crops while enhancing productivity and reducing environmental impact.

Located at 397 Millennium Drive in Orangeburg, S.C., Valagro's new 65,000-square-foot Orangeburg County facility is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2019. Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Orangeburg County to assist with the costs of building construction.

"The construction of this U.S. production facility greatly supports our ability to better serve some of the most strategically-important markets, such as the U.S., Canada, and Mexico," said Valagro CEO Giuseppe Natale. "This means fully implementing Valagro's principle of putting the customer in the center; the new facility will allow us to improve our ability to meet customers' needs by providing them with a wide range of sustainable and effective nutritional solutions."