U.S. Engine Valve, a global automotive supplier of high-engineered valves, will invest $29.5 million to expand operations center in Westminster, South Carolina
. The investment is expected to add at least 125 new jobs at the company's existing facility in Oconee County.
A joint venture between Japan-based Nittan Valve Co., Ltd. and Eaton Vehicle Group, the firm supplies high-engineered valves that help increase fuel economy as well as improve a vehicle's overall efficiency and performance. Through this latest expansion, the company will bring on a new line of equipment to serve its customers in North America.
"This investment to support growth in our North American valve business is great for our customers, employees, and the communities where we live and work. We especially want to thank the South Carolina's Department of Commerce and the Oconee County Economic Development Commission for their support in helping make the expansion in the Westminster facility come to fruition.” Bobby Dover, Plant Manager, USEV in South Carolina said.
"U.S. Engine Valve is a prime example of how South Carolina is ideal for growing existing businesses, especially those in the automotive sector
. Their commitment of $29.5 million investment and 125 new jobs will continue to provide a positive economic impact to the Upstate region,’ said Gov. Nikki Haley
. The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.
"It's exciting to see this global company expand their footprint in Oconee County. This demonstrates to the world we have the labor force, a positive business climate and an excellent partnership with our technical school to satisfy the needs of industry," said Joel Thrift, chairman of Oconee County Council.