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MTU Detroit Diesel Announces South Carolina Plant

03/05/2010
MTU Detroit Diesel Inc. announced today that it will open a 270,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Aiken County, South Carolina.  The project represents a $45 million investment in the county, and will create 250 jobs over four years. 

The company, which produces vehicle and machinery engines, will begin fabricating Series 2000 and Series 4000 engines by the end of the year.  MTU is a subsidiary of Tognum Group, based in Germany.

"The new facility in Aiken County is part of Tognum's global strategy to increase manufacturing in the markets where our products are sold," said Matthias Vogel, president and CEO of MTU.  "With it we will have greater flexibility to respond to market conditions and to compete for government contracts where local content is key."

MTU's stateside base will allow the company to avoid currency fluctuations between the dollar and the Euro, as well as the expense of importing parts from Europe.  The company will begin hiring employees in May, and start production in October.

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