FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) -- The company that makes El Monterey brand frozen Mexican foods will invest $55 million in a manufacturing plant in Florence County, creating 500 jobs.
Ruiz Food Products, Inc., of Dinuba, California, announced Tuesday it plans to renovate an old Heinz plant.
Renovation work will begin immediately and the plant will be operating next year. The company will also make its Tornados snack products at the new plant.
The Florence facility will be the company's newest manufacturing plant and its first on the East Coast. The company currently has manufacturing operations in California and Texas that employ 2,400 workers.
Gov. Nikki Haley and company officials will participate in a formal announcement on June 17.