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Ruiz Foods expanding operations in Florence County

FLORENCE, S.C. – Ruiz Foods, a frozen Mexican food manufacturer, today announced plans to expand operations in Florence County. The company plans to invest $40 million.


Headquartered in California, Ruiz Foods established operations in Florence County in 2014. The company produces El Monterey and Tornado brand products that are distributed nationwide. El Monterey is the top brand of frozen Mexican food in the U.S. 


Located at 2557 Florence Harllee Blvd. in the Pee Dee Electric Commerce Park, the company's investment in its Florence County operation will increase capacity to satisfy growing customer demand.


Ruiz Foods employs more than 1,000 team members and is currently hiring. Individuals interested in joining the Ruiz Foods team should email resumes to or check job postings on




“South Carolina is proud to be the East Coast home for Ruiz Foods. This company has a positive impact on Florence County, which creates a positive net effect for our state.” -S.C. Senator Hugh K. Leatherman


“Exceptional companies, such as Ruiz Foods, contribute to communities in a variety of ways. They not only provide jobs and stimulate the local economy, but also go above and beyond to give back to the community. Ruiz 4 Kids provides scholarships for students and grants for teachers that enhance our citizens’ educational opportunities. We are happy to see this company expanding, and we are happy to do all we can to foster the growth of our existing industries.”  -Florence County Council Chairman Willard Dorriety, Jr.


“Ruiz Foods, which is headquartered in California, located in Florence County in 2014 as part of the company’s strategy for a coast-to-coast footprint enabling delivery of its products nationwide. Since then, Ruiz Foods has experienced tremendous growth, with a major expansion in 2017 that nearly doubled its size and now, an additional major investment of $40 million. We are happy to be a close ally to this thriving organization.” -Florence County Economic Development Partnership Chairman Joe W. “Rocky” Pearce


“We are thrilled to be a part of the Florence business community and excited about our continued growth.  In 2017, we announced the brick and mortar expansion of Ruiz Florence to substantially increase the capacity of existing production.  This expansion is a capital investment in equipment.  Our need to increase production capacity is due to continued and increased consumer demand,” -  Ruiz Foods Florence Director of Operations Peter Mayadag.

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