Company recognized as a leading employer
WEST COLUMBIA, S.C.—October 16, 2017: The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce recently named House of Raeford Farms the 2017 Business of the Year. The award comes during the West Columbia complex’s 60th year in operation.
“House of Raeford is heavily invested in South Carolina and has been since the company took over operations in West Columbia in 1998,” said Jim Mabe, West Columbia complex manager who has been with the plant since 1983. “We are honored to be named Business of the Year. Our commitment to this city is strong and we are excited for the opportunity to continue leading by example as Business of the Year and a leader in the West Columbia community.”
As the seventh-largest employer in Lexington County, House of Raeford’s poultry processing operation in West Columbia employs 800 people. The company pays $19.5 million in salaries annually and pays 42 percent more than minimum wage for hourly workers. Additionally, House of Raeford pays more than $400,000 per year in property taxes, $2 million in payroll taxes and more than $100,000 in city taxes and licenses.
House of Raeford also gives back to the community through its non-profit organization, FLOCK. Last year, the complex in the Midlands donated $100,000, more than 100,000 pounds of food product to food banks and ministries in the area, and partnered with several organizations, including Lighthouse 4 Life, Ezekiel Ministries, and Lexington County public schools.
“House of Raeford is a chamber member who has made a great impact not only on the chamber’s goals, but to the community as a whole,” said Gregg Pinner, president and CEO of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce. “We looked at what their contribution has been to the chamber and the kind of impact they’ve made in the community, and we knew we had to recognize them.”
As the company approaches 20 years of ownership over the West Columbia plant, House of Raeford is committed to South Carolina long-term with additional complexes in Greenville and Hemingway.
“West Columbia is home for us,” said Mabe. “It’s a great place to do business and a wonderful place to live.”