Carmichael Farms LLC plans to invest $26.5 million and create 50 jobs in Scotland County by expanding its farming operations to include manufacturing and packing of agriculture products, officials announced Tuesday morning.
The family business is the first to locate in the county’s incubator park and will receive $500,000 in tax grants over five years, according to Bob Davis, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners. Carmichael Farms must meet the job creation and investment threshold as well as pay property taxes to be eligible for the incentives.
“Nothing gives me more joy than to see a local business investing back into our community,” Davis said in a statement. “Carmichael Farms continues to build upon their family business and I’m proud of their accomplishments.”
“On behalf of the citizens of Laurinburg and City Council, we send our sincere congratulations to economic developer Mark Ward and the Scotland County EDC,” said Dr. Matthew Block, mayor of Laurinburg. “We also extend a very warm welcome to Carmichael Farms, we thank them for their decision to invest in Laurinburg and we look forward to a close working relationship in the future for the benefit of their company and our city.”
Eddie Carmichael said his family has farmed in Scotland County for more than 200 years.
“For us to expand our operations in our community gives us great satisfaction,” he said. “Once we viewed the building in SCEDC’s Incubator Park we knew this was the right place. There is room for future expansions and SCEDC’s eagerness to assist made us feel welcome. We look forward to hiring locals and helping Scotland County’s economy grow.”
Ward said the EDC began construction on the Incubator Park last year: “I’d like to especially thank PCI for doing a great job on our building and the city of Laurinburg Electrical Department for accommodating our schedule.”