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Federal-Mogul Friction Plans $7 Million Expansion To Plant In Rural South Carolina

Federal-Mogul Friction Products, a global supplier of powertrain and safety technology to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance vehicle safety and performance, will invest $7 million on expansion of its Orangeburg, South Carolina operations, initially generating 40 new jobs in the south-central part of the state.

The company serves original equipment manufacturers of automotive, aerospace, marine, rail and off-road vehicles, along with industrial, agricultural and power-generation equipment.

In addition the firm's subsidiary, Federal-Mogul Friction Products, develops and manufactures extended-life brake friction products, with noise, vibration and harshness refinement. It is a leading supplier of friction products to original equipment manufacturers.

The expansion is taking place at Federal-Mogul Friction Products, which for the last 16 years has operated its 210,000-square-foot facility with 210 employees in Orangeburg, at 2084 Rowesville Road.

"With this significant investment, we are further cementing our commitment to being a world-class OEM friction supplier," said Alex Lopez, Federal-Mogul Plant Manager.

"It's a great day in South Carolina when one of our existing businesses chooses to grow. We celebrate Federal-Mogul's decision to invest $7 million and create 40 new jobs in Orangeburg. By continuing to strengthen our state's business-friendly climate, we can continue to attract investments like this one to South Carolina," said Gov. Nikki Haley. "South Carolina continues to see its reputation in the automotive club grow.

Federal-Mogul's decision to further invest in the Palmetto State builds on that reputation and shows that our manufacturing sector is continuing to grow," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

"We are excited about the growth of our existing industry. The addition of this industry's jobs and capital investment shows Orangeburg County is a great place to work," said Jeannine Kees, chairwoman of Orangeburg County Development Commission. "This is a significant sign that automotive related industry is coming back."

As part of an incentive package ReadySC, a division of the S.C. Technical College System, in cooperation with Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, is assisting the firm with the recruitment and training for new Production Technician positions at Federal-Mogul.

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