A pet supply company announced in August 2024 that it plans to establish a distribution center in Orangeburg County.
Michigan-based Pet Supplies Plus LLC is set to invest $53 million and create 275 new jobs over the next five years in the county.
“The new distribution center is a win for the Orangeburg community, Pet Supply Plus and pet parents across the United States,” said Chris Rowland, CEO of Pet Supply Plus.
“The distribution center will create highly desirable logistics jobs, as well as allow efficient distribution of a wide range of pet products to Pet Supplies Plus stores in the region,” he said.
Approximately $37.8 million of the Pet Supplies Plus investment will be spent on land and buildings and $15.2 million on machinery and equipment.
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Operations are expected to begin earlier this year.
The company is located in the $25 million, 534,702-square-foot building in the Shamrock Commerce Center industrial park on US Highway 301 near Interstate 26. County economic development officials say it’s the largest speculative building ever built in the Midlands. The building is privately funded.
The facility will enable Pet Supplies Plus to increase distribution capabilities across the Southeast, according to a press release from the SC’s Department of Commerce. The new operation will be the company’s fourth distribution center located within the United States.
“Orangeburg County welcomes Pet Supplies Plus to our community,” said Orangeburg County Council President Johnny Wright. Pet Supplies Plus’ decision to be located in Orangeburg County is a testament to the quality of our workforce, unique location and pro-business environment.
“We are really grateful for their investment in our county and our citizens.”
The Orangeburg County Council unanimously gave the third and final reading of the company’s tax incentives on Monday. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved the career development appropriations related to the project.
The City of Orangeburg Utilities Department will service the company with power, water, gas, and sewerage.
County officials say wages will be higher than the average county manufacturing wage.
“Thank you, Pet Supply Plus, for choosing Orangeburg County as the location for our newest distribution facility,” said Matthew Shaffer, president of the Central SC Alliance. It is a huge win for the local community and skilled workers who will benefit from the large number of job opportunities that will be available to them in the coming year. This is a great result for all of us.”
The ad also received praise across the country.
“With its strategic location, Orangeburg County is brimming with potential, and this huge investment of $53 million is proof of that,” said SC Governor Henry McMaster. “We thank Pet Supply Plus for their commitment to our state and our people.”
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SC Commerce Secretary Harry M.
“We value the company’s commitment to South Carolina and look forward to the transformative impact of these job opportunities in Orangeburg County.”
“SC Ports is delighted to be a supply chain partner for Pet Supplies Plus, efficiently moving goods for the pet retailer’s new distribution center in Orangeburg County. Pet Supply Plus’ investment in Orangeburg County will create jobs and economic opportunity for the area. We are proud to support The growth of this port-dependent business, as our ports further grow with the retail sector.Their investment demonstrates high confidence in the ability of SC Ports and the retailer’s high-performance capabilities,” said Barbara Melvin, President and CEO of SC Ports.
Founded in 1988, Pet Supplies Plus is a subsidiary of Franchise Group, Inc. It is one of the largest retail pet franchises in the United States, offering customers a variety of natural pet foods, goods, and services.
Pet Supplies Plus is located in 40 states and has more than 630 stores, most of which are independently owned and operated by franchisees.
For more information about opportunities with Pet Supplies Plus, visit the company’s careers page at www.petsuppliesplus.com.