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E. & J. Gallo Winery plans to build a $423 million production facility and distribution center in Chester County, South Carolina, to support future business growth and its long-term innovation plans.
Located along the Lancaster & Chester Railroad (L&C), construction is expected to start shortly on a 650-acre industrial site. The plant's first phase is slated for completion in October.
Through the 62-mile short line — which is owned by Gulf & Ohio Railways — Gallo will gain access to both CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway, which was a requirement during the site selection process, L&C officials said in a press release.
“We are delighted to have such a high-quality new customer and we look forward to providing them with superior service. It’s a wonderful gift for us since the 125th anniversary of [the L&C] is this week,” said Gulf & Ohio Railways Chairman Pete Claussen.
A $16 million state grant was awarded to Chester County to assist with costs for the plant, which will provide Gallo additional bottling, canning, warehousing and distribution capacity for its growing portfolio of wine and spirit brands. Because of Chester County's close proximity to the Port of Charleston, the facility also will serve as a hub for Gallo's import and export business.