Michael Cutler Co., an Olyphant, Pa.-based onion and carrot grower-packer-shipper, will soon put the finishing touches on a major expansion of the company’s carrot packing facility in Statesboro, Ga., said Michael Averto, director of marketing.

Georgia’s sandy soil is ideal for root vegetables, such as onions and carrots, he said. With that advantage in mind, the company began planning the expansion four years ago.

In addition to increasing carrot planting acreage in Georgia, the Statesboro plant is getting a new whole carrot packing line and expanded cooler space, Averto said.

“We’re actually doubling our cooler space in Statesboro,” he said. “The whole project will be completed by January when the harvest in Georgia begins.”

The upgrades in Statesboro are designed to improve service to customers, he said, and the plant’s location offers freight savings to East Coast receivers.

Averto declined to reveal the cost of the expansion project, but said the company was making a substantial investment.