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Construction and transportation machinery manufacturer investing $41 million to create an expected 131 new jobs
  
Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd., a company that specializes in the manufacture, sale and service of construction and transport machinery, is establishing operations in Spartanburg County. The $41 million investment is expected to generate 131 new jobs in Moore, S.C.
 
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Japan, Kobelco Construction Machinery is one of nine business domains of the Kobe Steel Group. Globally, the group, which was first established in 1905, employs close to 40,000 workers worldwide. Included among the main products and services provided by the Kobelco Construction Machinery are hydraulic excavators, mini excavators, wheel loaders and road construction equipment. 
 
Kobelco's Spartanburg County operations will specialize in the manufacturing of hydraulic excavators. Located off of the Moore-Duncan Highway in Moore, S.C, the approximately 156,000-square-foot production facility and stand-alone office building will be positioned in close proximity to both I-26 and I-85. The facility will allow Kobelco to reduce the production lead time of machineries for its North American customers and improve capability for meeting market needs. The new factory will be incorporated into the company's North American subsidiary, Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A. Inc., which is headquartered in Katy, Texas.
 
Kobelco Construction Machinery reentered the U.S. market in 2013. Since that time, the firm has concluded dealer agreements with 62 companies, 52 of which are based in North America. Until now, the entire sales volume has been shipped from the company's Hiroshima Itsukaichi factory in Japan. The establishment of this Spartanburg County facility will reduce operational burden on Hiroshima plant while also allowing for the creation of an optimal group-wide production system.
 
Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in December 2015. Hiring for most of the new positions is anticipated to take place in July 2015. Interested candidates should contact Norma Sanchez, Human Resource Manager of Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A., Inc., at SCFactoryEmployment@kobelconet.com. For more information on Kobelco Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. please visit www.kobelco-kenki.co.jp and for Kobelco Construction Machinery U.S.A., Inc. please visit www.kobelco-usa.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $750,000 set aside grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements as well as job development credits related to the project.

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$2 million investment by automotive supplier to bring new jobs

PecTec Corporation, a supplier of top-quality semi-finished and finished metal products for the automotive industry, is establishing its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County. The $2 million investment is expected to create 15 new jobs in Spartanburg, S.C.
 
Founded in the summer of 2014 in Spartanburg, S.C., PecTec Corporation operates under the Braun GmbH umbrella. Braun, a German-based firm, was founded in 1992 to provide customers with a wide range of non-ferrous metals. PecTec is Braun's first international production operation. 
 
Located at 130 Corporate Drive in Spartanburg, PecTec will provide customers with a line-up of non-ferrous metals finished in a variety of different types and designs. Included in the company's offerings are foils, strips and sheets of aluminum, aluminum alloy, copper, copper alloy and stainless steel. Once it's fully operational, the 11,600-square-foot Spartanburg facility is expected to produce more than six million linear meters of product annually.
 
Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin this month. Those interested in applying may contact info@pectec.us. For more information on PecTec Corporation, please visit www.pectec.us

News Coverage:  Area Development  |  Upstate Business Journal  |  GSA Business  |  GoUpstate.com

Suminoe Textile of America Corporation, a supplier of textile products for the North American automotive market, is investing $5 million to expand its needle punch automotive carpet facility in Cherokee County, South Carolina, with plans to create 100 jobs.

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Fortune 500 company investing $7.7 million in manufacturing growth

Lear Corporation, a leading global supplier of automotive seating, is expanding its existing operations in Spartanburg County to accommodate its continued growth. The company will be adding equipment and upgrading existing infrastructure, bringing more than $7.7 million in new capital investment.
 
With 240 locations in 36 countries around the world, Lear Corporation is a Fortune 500 provider of automotive seating, electrical distribution and electronic products. Headquartered in Southfield, Mich., the company employs approximately 140,000 associates and serves major automakers around the world.
 
Located at 1200 Woods Chapel Road in Duncan, S.C., Lear Corporation will be investing in real property improvements and purchasing new manufacturing equipment to support the launch of automotive seating programs for Volvo Cars' Berkeley County assembly plant, as well as BMW's Spartanburg County assembly plant.
 
For more information on Lear Corporation, visit www.lear.com.
 
QUOTES
 
"We have a world-class seating facility in Duncan, South Carolina, with an outstanding workforce. We are very pleased to be able to invest in future growth at this location. We appreciate the support of Spartanburg County and their partners at the South Carolina Department of Commerce, and look forward to continued success at our Duncan facility." -Lear President and CEO Matt Simoncini
 
"To see a company like Lear Corporation choose to continue investing in our state and our people are important signs to the business community around the world that South Carolina is the place to be. We look forward to seeing the new heights the relationship between our state and this company will reach in the years to come." -Gov. Henry McMaster
 
"Today, we celebrate yet another success story for a company that supports our booming automotive sector. I offer my congratulations to Lear Corporation for all that they've achieved in the Upstate and around the world." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"We are extremely pleased that Lear Corporation is expanding and growing its operations in Spartanburg County. Lear's decision to expand here represents our commitment to our existing industries. Spartanburg County will benefit from this expansion now and in the future." -David Britt, Spartanburg County Economic Development Committee Chairman and Economic Futures Group Board Member

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Lear Corporation is expanding operations in Spartanburg County.
  • The company is investing $7.7 million in the project. 
  • Lear Corporation is a Fortune 500 provider of automotive seating, electrical distribution and electronic products.
  • Located at 1200 Woods Chapel Road in Duncan, S.C., the company will be investing in real property improvements and purchasing new manufacturing equipment.
  • Lear Corporation is a supplier to both BMW and Volvo Cars.

Automotive supplier investing $29 million and creating 480 jobs in Spartanburg County

Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is constructing a new seat manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County. Representing its fourth manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the company is projected to invest $29 million in the facility, creating 480 new jobs over the next five years.

Headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Magna International operates facilities across the globe, employing approximately 155,000 people worldwide. The company's product capabilities include producing many parts of the automobile, such as the body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as contract manufacturing.
 
Located in the Tyger River Industrial Park on Highway 290, Magna's new 230,000-square-foot seating plant is expected to be operational in June 2017. The facility will feature dedicated assembly and sequencing lines to supply seats to BMW's nearby assembly plant. Magna currently has three manufacturing locations in South Carolina and employs approximately 1,450 people in the state.
 
Those interested in joining the Magna team should visit the company's careers page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project.
 
QUOTES
 
"This is a new chapter in the ongoing collaboration between Magna and BMW, as it's our first seating business award with this valued global customer. With this investment and job creation, we are extremely pleased to join the growing automotive industry in South Carolina." -President of Magna Seating Mike Bisson
 
"Magna International has been a tremendous partner to South Carolina for over 20 years, and the fact that it will now operate four world-class manufacturing facilities here is a huge win for our state. This $29 million and the 480 new jobs it means for Spartanburg County is a real reason to celebrate, and we couldn't be more grateful for the commitment Magna International continues to show toward South Carolina." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"I congratulate Magna on this tremendous new investment in Spartanburg County. It's exciting to see South Carolina's automotive sector continue to thrive, and it means that our pro-business strategy is paying dividends." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"We are extremely pleased that Magna International is constructing a new manufacturing facility in the Tyger River Industrial Park of Spartanburg County. The Economic Futures Group, along with key allies with the S.C. Department of Commerce, Pacolet-Milliken Enterprises, Spartanburg Community College and all the utility providers, worked collaboratively to land the facility here. As a leading global automotive supplier, Spartanburg County will benefit from Magna's investment now and in the future." -Spartanburg County Council and Board Member of the Economic Futures Group David Britt
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Magna International is constructing a new manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County.
  • $29 million investment to create 480 new jobs over the next five years.
  • This is Magna's fourth manufacturing plant in South Carolina, and the new Spartanburg County plant will supply seats to BMW's nearby assembly plant.
  • The company expects the new 230,000-square-foot seating plant to be operational in June 2017. 
  • Those interested in joining the Magna team should visit the company's careers page.

Injection molding company investing $6.2 million in new Spartanburg County facility

International Mold Corporation (IMC), a Michigan-based aluminum design and build company, is establishing a new manufacturing operation in Spartanburg County. The project is expected to bring $6.2 million in new investment and create 60 new jobs.
 
Established in 2006 and headquartered in Clinton Township, Mich., IMC offers a comprehensive variety of services, including aluminum injection, reaction injection molding (RIM) and blow mold design and build services, as well as engineering, in-house tryouts, in-house low-volume production runs, prototype and low-volume production assembly, 3-D laser scanning, reverse engineering scanning, logistics and more. With greater than 100 employees across seven facilities, IMC utilizes state-of-the-art technology to supply products to a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
 
Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., the company will be constructing a new 24,000-square-foot facility, with the ability for future expansion of up to 100,000 square feet. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of April 2017. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2017, and those interested in joining the IMC team should apply in person or visit the company's career page online.
 
For more information on International Mold Corporation, visit www.internationalmold.net.
 
QUOTES

 
"We are very excited to expand our operations to South Carolina. There is a lot of business potential within South Carolina's automotive cluster, as well as other opportunities in neighboring states." -International Mold Corporation Treasurer Michael Lilla
 
"The business-friendly environment we've worked hard to create in South Carolina is paying off for the people of our state, and this announcement by International Mold Corporation is further proof of that. This $6.2 million investment and the 60 new jobs it means for Spartanburg County are huge reasons to celebrate across South Carolina." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"South Carolina's manufacturing sector continues to thrive, attracting world-class businesses like IMC. I congratulate them on their new investment and look forward to watching them succeed within our borders." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"Spartanburg County enthusiastically welcomes the addition of International Mold Corporation to our vibrant manufacturing community. International Mold Corporation's decision to locate their facility in Spartanburg County demonstrates our community's ability to attract quality companies providing excellent job opportunities for the citizens of Spartanburg." -David Britt, chairman of Spartanburg County Council's Economic Development Committee and board member of the Economic Futures Group
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • International Mold Corporation (IMC) is establishing its first South Carolina operation in Spartanburg County.
  • $6.2 million investment to create 60 new jobs.
  • IMC is a Michigan-based injection molding company that supplies a variety of industries, including the automotive sector.
  • Located at 865 Victor Hill Road in Spartanburg, S.C., IMC will be completing a new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the spring of 2017.
  • Hiring for the new positions will begin in the second quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should visit the facility in person or apply online. 

Automotive supplier investing additional $5 million in Upstate plant

EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc., a subsidiary of the Germany-based EuWe Group, is expanding manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The automotive supplier has decided to invest an additional $5 million in its Upstate facility, which is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C. This new project is expected to result in the creation of 29 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Established in 1968 as a supplier of only metal products, the EuWe Group has grown tremendously since its inception. In 1970, the company expanded its production offerings to include plastic parts. Then, in 1993, the EuWe Group established its first international operations with a facility in Mexico. Today, the firm employs more than 1,700 workers in three countries and exclusively supplies the automotive industry. It boasts a client list featuring 10 of the world's largest automobile manufacturers.
 
In 2015, the company announced an $11 million investment to create its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Anderson County. This new $5 million project will complement the original investment, allowing EuWe to meet increased demand from its customers. The Anderson County operations focus solely on the production of automotive plastic interior parts.
 
Hiring for the facility is currently underway. Those interested in joining the EuWe Group team should visit the company's jobs page online. For more information on the company, visit www.euwe.com.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $100,000 Set Aside grant to Anderson County to assist with the costs of real property improvements.
 
QUOTES

"EuWe still is in the preparation and ramp-up phase of its new facility in the United States, supporting our main customer, BMW. We were extremely excited having already been awarded additional business prior to our actual launch of our production. This enabled us to increase the size and set-up of our operations and to create even more new jobs right here in Anderson County. Being a company that is still managed by the founding family and always plans for the long run, we are confident to make this endeavor a success as well." -EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. CEO Markus Gosse
 
"It's always exciting when a company decides to double down on its commitment to our state and to our people. We were thrilled last year when the EuWe Group announced that it would be locating its first U.S. facility here, and we're even more excited today because this $5 million investment shows that companies of all kinds can find success and thrive in South Carolina." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"As the nation's leader in the export of completed passenger vehicles, South Carolina continues to prove to the world that we are a force to be reckoned with on the global automotive stage. Announcements like the one today from the EuWe Group will help ensure that the Palmetto State remains an automotive powerhouse for many years to come." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

"In 2015, Anderson County welcomed EuWe Eugen Wexler to our community. Today, EuWe announces an additional $5 million expansion to their project and the creation of 29 more jobs, strengthening their intent to make Anderson County their home for many years to come." -Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn
 
"Council District 7 simultaneously welcomes EuWe Eugen Wexler to Anderson County and is delighted to know they are expanding before their official opening. This is a testament to a great company, our county and our people." -Anderson County Council Member Cindy Wilson, District 7
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • EuWe Eugen Wexler US Plastics, Inc. is expanding operations in Anderson County.
  • $5 million investment creating 29 additional new jobs.
  • EuWe Group was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Germany. 
  • The company's Anderson County facility is located off of I-85 at Alliance Industrial Park in Anderson, S.C.
  • Those interested in joining the EuWe Group team should visit the company's jobs page online.

New development to bring more than $270 million investment and 350 new jobs
 
Michelin North America, Inc. is advancing its plans to establish a distribution center in Spartanburg County. The new development is projected to bring more than $270 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 350 new jobs.
 
One of the largest corporations in South Carolina, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment and more. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs more than 22,650 associates and operates 20 major manufacturing plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
 
Located near the intersection of S.C. Highways 101 and 417 near Spartanburg, S.C., the new distribution center is situated within a short distance of seven existing Michelin tire plants across South Carolina's Upstate region, as well as the company's Greenville-based headquarters for North America and multiple other Michelin facilities. The site will feature five buildings comprising a total of approximately 3.3 million square-feet and will support distribution of tires under Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands for passenger vehicles, heavy trucks and agricultural equipment.
 
Construction on the new center is expected to begin later this year. The first phase is projected to open in late 2017, with full completion expected in early 2019. Hiring for the new positions is expected to begin in 2017.
 
For more information on Michelin North America, visit their website at www.michelinman.com.
 
QUOTES

 
"The Spartanburg distribution facility will cap a multi-year evolution of Michelin's distribution network in North America. We see it as a transformational milestone designed to better serve our customers while optimizing inventories and improving supply efficiency. We are grateful for the relationships we've enjoyed with local government leaders in Spartanburg County for more than 35 years. With additional support at the state level, these leaders have helped us advance this important project, which enables our company to meet growing customer demands for Michelin tires in multiple business segments." -Chairman and President of Michelin North America Pete Selleck
 
"Michelin has been one of South Carolina's most important business partners since its doors opened in Greenville County over four decades ago. Both our state and this fantastic company have grown tremendously over the course of this partnership, and we couldn't be more excited to see that growth and success continue with this $270 million investment that means 350 new jobs for South Carolinians." -Gov. Nikki Haley 
 
"We have worked with Michelin over many months to secure this project in South Carolina. An investment of this size with this number of new jobs affirms the attractive business environment South Carolina offers to respected global corporations like Michelin." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"We are excited to welcome this project to Spartanburg County. This milestone results from the responsiveness of our Spartanburg team working with Michelin. We have worked closely with Michelin concerning multiple significant investments over 35 years, during which Michelin has established itself as a great corporate neighbor and citizen of our community." -Spartanburg County Council's Economic Development Committee Chairman David Britt
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Michelin North America, Inc. launching new distribution center in Spartanburg County.
  • $270 million investment to create 350 new jobs.
  • Located at the intersection of S.C. Highways 101 and 417 near Spartanburg, S.C., the new distribution center will support distribution of tires for passenger vehicles, heavy trucks and agricultural equipment.
  • Construction on the site is expected to begin in late 2016 with the first phase projected to open in late 2017.
  • For more information on Michelin North America, visit the company's website online

 

Manufacturer investing $5.8 million and creating 50 new jobs

Alfmeier Friedrichs & Rath (AFR), a manufacturer of automotive components, is expanding its Greenville County operations. The expansion is expected to bring $5.8 million of new capital investment and create approximately 50 new jobs.
 
Established in 1993, AFR is a developer and manufacturer of automotive components with a concentration on fuel management, vacuum support and seating comfort solutions. Featuring in-house plastic injection molding and custom assembly and test systems, the company employs more than 500 employees and utilizes 32 injection molding machines across three locations.
 
Located at 120 Elcon Drive in Greenville, S.C., the company will be expanding their factory floor by 20,000 square feet and their office facility by approximately 10,000 square feet. The expansion is projected to be complete by the second quarter of 2017, and hiring for the new positions is ongoing -- with an increase scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2017. Those interested in joining the AFR team should visit the company's career page online.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $250,000 Set-Aside grant to Greenville County to assist with the costs of site improvements.
 
QUOTES
 
"AFR is pleased to be expanding operations in Greenville to accommodate our increasing business. Our success is a direct result of the dedication and hard work of all of our associates, particularly those on the factory floor who strive to do things a little better each day. We are proud to be part of a community and state that recognizes and supports the benefits of manufacturing and look forward to continued future growth." -AFR President Markus Farrenkopf
 
"It's always exciting when we are able to celebrate the success of a South Carolina company and its decision to expand here. The 50 new jobs that this $5.8 million investment means for Greenville County will really make a difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and that's a reason to celebrate throughout the entire state." -Gov. Nikki Haley
 
"South Carolina is known as a place that makes things, and makes them well. To have companies, like AFR, continue to grow and expand here further demonstrates that South Carolina is 'Just right' for manufacturing." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"Alfmeier Friedrichs & Rath's expansion in Greenville exemplifies what we've always known to be true, that we have a talented, educated and diverse workforce here that's perfect for our international companies. We're grateful for AFR's investment and continued support to Greenville County." -Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor
 
FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Alfmeier Friedrichs & Rath LLC is expanding existing operations in Greenville County. 
  • $5.8 million investment to create 50 new jobs.
  • AFR is a developer and manufacturer of automotive components using in-house plastic injection molding technology. 
  • Located at 120 Elcon Drive in Greenville, S.C., the company's expansion should be complete during the second quarter of 2017.
  • Those interested in joining the AFR team should visit the company's career page online

Manufacturer investing approximately $6 million in new Upstate operations

Brose North America, Inc., a technological leader in the integration of mechanics, electrics and electronics, is establishing a new facility in Spartanburg County. The new manufacturing operation is expected to bring around $6 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of at least 60 new jobs. 

To establish operations, the company is moving into a 77,000-square-foot space located at 1171 Howell Road in Duncan, S.C. Brose is currently occupying 10 office spaces in Spartanburg Community College’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development (CBED), a soft landing pad facility. The soft landing pad is an innovative new concept, designed to promote and house new economic development projects in the region. A unique business strategy, landing pads allow companies to build a core while they ramp up operations in South Carolina. 

The company will produce door systems, as well as systems for on-demand control of cooling air supply for its automotive customers. Hiring for the new positions is ongoing, and interested applicants may apply on Brose’s career page online

For more information on the company, visit www.brose.com

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. 

QUOTES

“Announcing our fourth facility in the United States is a proud moment for the company and a testament to the value and quality products Brose provides its customers. We take pride in our products as well as our commitment to streamlining logistics and providing high-quality customer service – this facility supports all of the above.” –President of Brose North America Mike Brosseau

“Our automotive industry is truly one of the driving forces behind South Carolina’s economic growth, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Brose to our family. This nearly $6 million investment, and the more than 60 jobs it means for Spartanburg County, will make a huge difference in the Upstate and is a reason to celebrate across the state.” –Gov. Nikki Haley 

“Today, we celebrate Brose North America’s decision to establish operations in Spartanburg County. Bringing 60 new jobs to our state, this announcement is a terrific step forward for the company, our loyal workforce and the local community.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 

“We are exceedingly pleased that Brose North America chose to locate a new operation in Spartanburg County and welcome them to our community. As a partner to the international automobile industry, the choice of a Spartanburg location reinforces Spartanburg’s reputation to attract quality international manufacturing. This success was made possible through the collaborative work of our public-private partners: a property developed by Scannell Properties and represented by Colliers International, Spartanburg Community College Tyger River Campus, the Economic Futures Group and Spartanburg County Council.” –Chairman of the Spartanburg County Economic Recruitment Committee David Britt

“We are pleased to welcome Brose’s integrated electronics and mechatronics manufacturing facility to the Upstate automotive community. The company’s investment in Spartanburg validates our region’s skilled workforce, educational resources, and business ecosystem, and we look forward to their growth and continued success.” –Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John Lummus

FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Brose North America, Inc. is establishing new operations in Spartanburg County. 
  • Around $6 million investment to create at least 60 new jobs.
  • Brose North America is a producer of mechanical systems and electric drives for automotive manufacturers. 
  • Located at 1171 Howell Road in Duncan S.C., the new facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2017. 
  • For more information on Brose North America, visit the company’s website online

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