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Prestage Farms

Turnkey Project Services Enable Greater Production Capacity and Efficiency.

Prestage Farms, established in 1983, is a family-owned business that creates quality pork and turkey products. The company and its affiliates process more than 1 billion pounds of turkey and pork annually, employ nearly 2,000 associates, and contract with over 450 farm families.


For this greenfield project, known as Prestage Foods of South Carolina, the customer selected Gray to design and build a 295,000 s.f. state-of-the-art turkey processing facility.

In Numbers

  • Camden, SC
  • 295000 s.f.
    Square Footage
  • 16 months
Prestage Farms
Camden, SC
295000 s.f.
16 months
"Gray embraced our vision as well as our input for specific design elements... They were a good fit for our family business."
Ron Prestage, President

Prestage Foods of South Carolina

Introducing Prestage Foods of South Carolina


Gray delivered a wide range of design, construction, engineering, and equipment services for the new facility. The operation includes the only air-chill turkey processing model in the Western Hemisphere—an advancement from traditional water-chill processing. This unique model greatly reduces the risk of cross-contamination and eliminates the need to introduce chemicals such as chlorine into food-grade processes, which can be absorbed and retained inside the meat. To maintain product separation and continuous processing, the birds are air-chilled on shackle chains that move throughout the refrigerated space on multiple process lines. The system features a staggering 13 miles of shackle chain, by far the largest in the poultry industry, and can process 48,000 birds per day.



To ensure stringent sanitation standards, maximum food safety, and the highest level of automation and traceability, Gray provided a variety of process utilities, including Clean-in-Place (CIP) systems and vacuum and pump systems. The plant’s CIP ozone skid system functions across critical processes, using a liquid application to treat conveyor surfaces as well as ambient O2 molecules to treat the water supply.


Gray further supported the project with complete piping design, along with supply and installation services for the plant’s process and vacuum line systems and chillers.


National Award

Prestage Receives Manufacturing Innovation Award.

Capping off an incredible project, Prestage Foods of South Carolina was honored by ProFood World magazine with the 2023 Manufacturing Innovation award. The project received the award for excellence and ingenuity in facility design and construction as well as process & packaging systems design and engineering.


Outstanding features of the facility included the Western Hemisphere’s only air-chill processing model, the poultry processing industry’s longest shackle chain system, and automation and ergonomic elements throughout the facility that reduce physical demand on the plant’s workforce, increasing worker comfort and safety, sanitation, and product quality. The automated air-chill process keeps birds separated and continuously moving through the facility, greatly reducing the facility’s water consumption and the opportunity for cross-contamination. With the new production model, the customer is able to reduce labor costs while boosting production capacity.


Prestage Farms and Gray received the award in September during the presentation ceremony at PACK EXPO in Las Vegas.

Unique Air-Chill Processing Model Boosts Capacity for Prestage Farms
  • 48,000 birds
    At full capacity, Prestage Farms' Camden, SC, facility can process 48,000 turkeys per day.
  • 13 miles
    Prestage Farms' air-chill processing model features the industry's largest single-shackle chain system at 13 miles.

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"This Prestage Foods facility is a testament to modern food & beverage manufacturing capabilities. The level of ingenuity, creativity, and sophistication packed into this operation makes for a highly effective and efficient plant that Gray is proud to have played a role."
Brian Jones, President & Chief Executive Officer, Gray Construction

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