You could say that the Young Pecan Company is a shell company but in a good way. Relieving some 100 million pounds of pecans of their shells every year, the company is one of the largest pecan processors in the world. It has state-of-the-art laser shelling operations in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Florence, South Carolina; and Zaragosa, Mexico, as well as buying operations and storage facilities in Albany, Georgia. Farming no nut orchards of its own, Young Pecan purchases pecans from growers located near its plants. It sells its shelled pecan products to mainly domestic and international food manufacturing companies, with some distribution in retail food outlets. The company was purchased by the King Ranch in 2006.