South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) has announced E.&J. Gallo Winery (Gallo), a global wine and spirits company, has unveiled plans to build a $423 million production facility and distribution centre near the Port of Charleston, as part of a deal with the SC Department of Commerce.
In a statement, SC Ports said Gallo’s continued growth and success propelled it to establish an East Coast presence with access to a “world-class port” to meet global demand for its products and improve its supply chain.
The new location will serve as a hub for its import and export business. Construction is set to begin soon with the first phase of the project on track to be completed in October 2022.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said, “Gallo’s investment will transform Chester County and contribute greatly to South Carolina’s economic prosperity.
“Creating a business environment in which world-class brands can grow and thrive is critical to South Carolina’s long-term economic success, especially in our rural communities.
“We are glad for their partnership and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome also commented, “This family-owned, California-based company has seen sustainable growth with both wine and spirits.
“Gallo’s $423 million investment to open a wine bottling and distribution plant in Chester County relies on the ability to move goods through the Port of Charleston.
“SC Ports’ efficient operations and reliable service meet the needs of this global wine industry leader.”
Gallo CEO Ernest J. Gallo was quoted as saying, “We could not be more appreciative of the collaboration and support shown by the state of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and those in Chester County along with all of the public and private entities who have embraced this project throughout the planning process and have welcomed us to the community.”