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Germany-Based DRÄXLMAIER Group Invests More Than $35 Million To Expand Duncan, South Carolina, Manufacturing Hub

The DRÄXLMAIER Group, a Germany-based automotive supplier, is expanding its existing manufacturing operations at 1751 East Main Street in Duncan, South Carolina. The company is investing more than $35 million in the project, creating 94 new jobs in Spartanburg County over the next five years.

In an effort to facilitate growth in new customer contracts and to meet increased customer demand, DRÄXLMAIER is expanding the facility by constructing an 184,000-square-foot production and logistics building, as well as making upgrades to plant infrastructure and equipment. The expanded facility will allow DRÄXLMAIER to consolidate a number of processes from off-site locales to a more centralized location. The company expects to complete its expansion in the third quarter of 2016.

“Our plant in Duncan plays an important strategic role for our global production network and for our customers right here in the Americas. Our company has been in the Upstate of South Carolina for almost 20 years, and we plan to strengthen our ties even further in the near future.The expansion shows that we are committed to a steady growth in this region. The well-trained and highly-skilled workforce in South Carolina will help us to develop and manufacture high-quality products for our customers in the Americas and around the world,” said Barbara Bergmeier, board member and head of Production and Logistics for the DRÄXLMAIER Group.

A Tier I supplier to the international automotive industry, DRÄXLMAIER manufactures interiors for premium automobiles and plastic components at its Duncan site. Opened in 1998, the facility has been expanded three times since then, the last time in 2011 when a new production wing was added to the existing building. Since then, DRÄXLMAIER has created more than 350 new jobs at its sole U.S. manufacturing site, which currently houses a workforce of approximately 1,000 people.

“We want to achieve a sustainable growth. This investment will allow us to further enhance our competences as well as our customer and product portfolio in the region,” Ulrich Eichler, president of Operations for DRÄXLMAIER in the Americas said.

“South Carolina offers us an excellent business environment, a talented work force and exceptional market access. We appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” Stefan Bude, President of Finance for DRÄXLMAIER in the Americas added.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $500,000 Set Aside grant to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.

“In South Carolina, we make things, and we make them well. From airplanes to tires to automobiles, our highly-skilled workforce continues to attract industry from around the globe, and today’s announcement by Draexlmaier is proof of that. This $35 million expansion and the 94 new jobs it will create is a huge win for the people of our Upstate community, and I know that they’ll continue to produce first-class products at this facility for many years to come,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

Draexlmaier has been a model corporate citizen over their two decade history in Spartanburg County and they are a great example how successful a premier company can be when they dedicate themselves to the community in which they work, live, and play. As their North American Headquarters, Spartanburg is a better place because of Draexlmaier's commitment and we appreciate their continued confidence with this latest expansion,” David Britt, Chairman of the Economic Recruitment and Development Committee of Spartanburg County and member of the Economic Futures Group Board said.

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