SOPAKCO expanding Marion County operations

SOPAKCO, a world-leader in the design, processing and packaging of processed foods, is expanding its Marion County operations. The company is investing $4.5 million to install a new fitment pouch line at its headquarters in Mullins, S.C. The investment is expected to create 56 new jobs.

“Congratulations to SOPAKCO for all of their success in Marion County,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Not many businesses are able to announce two major corporate expansions in less than a year. We’re proud that they continue to choose to do business in South Carolina.”

Founded in 1943 in Greenville, Tenn., SOPAKCO, known then as Burns & Associates, was established as a supplier of shelf-stable rations to the United States military. Since that time, the company has expanded its offerings and customer base all while continuing to proudly serve the military. Today, as a world leader in the processed foods industry, SOPAKCO employs more than 600 workers and serves several Fortune 500 companies. SOPAKCO is a member of the Tennessee-based Unaka Corporation’s family of businesses.

SOPAKCO last announced an expansion of its South Carolina operations in June 2014, a $4.35 million capital investment creating 120 new jobs. This current expansion is taking place at the company’s Marion County headquarters located at 118 South Cypress Street in Mullins, S.C.

This expansion will facilitate the installation of a fitment pouch line producing a variety of different food and snack items. SOPAKCO is coordinating with readySC™ to recruit and train for all new positions. Hiring for the positions is currently underway. Those interested in joining the SOPAKCO team should visit or visit your local SC Works center. For more information on SOPAKCO, please visit The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to Marion County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.  

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