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The SECC is devoted to telling the history of Seabrook Farms, an agribusiness and company town based in southern New Jersey. At peak production during the Second World War, the company employed 6,000 laborers in its fields, factories, and trucking fleet, and was a major supplier to the U.S. military. Faced with recurring labor shortages, Seabrook Farms partnered with the federal government to recruit stateless workers. Most prominently, this included 2,500 Japanese Americans who, after their forced removal from the West Coast to concentration camps, were paroled to government-approved employers. Following the war’s end, Seabrook Farms added Eastern European Displaced Persons from occupied Germany to its workforce, as well as Japanese Peruvians interned by the U.S. as enemy aliens and facing deportation to Japan. Seabrook Farms was also a destination for guestworkers from Barbados and Jamaica, and migrant farm laborers from the U.S. South and Appalachia. Founded in 1913 by C.F. Seabrook, a man described as the “Henry Ford of Agriculture,” Seabrook Farms was also famous for its technical and scientific contributions to the growth of industrialized agriculture, and for its political and social prominence as a company town in southern New Jersey.