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JTEKT North America Expands West Union, South Carolina, Plant

05/18/2018
JTEKT North America, a producer of bearings, driveline components, steering systems and machine tools, is investing $19.4 million to expand its existing Koyo Bearings production facility at 430 Torrington Road in West Union, South Carolina. The company plans to hire 56 new associates.

The expansion of the company’s Oconee County operations will include an 18,000-square-foot addition to the existing 173,000-square-foot plant.

“Koyo’s dedication to continuously improving our manufacturing processes shows we are a consistent employer of choice within Oconee County. This is shown by our facility investment of over $19 million over a two-year period to improve equipment, processes and our shop floor layout. We are proud of our location and glad to be part of this great area,” said Koyo Engineering Facilities Manager Shawn Grimm.

“The automotive industry continues to be a driving force in our state’s economy, and today’s announcement shows that South Carolina remains ‘Just right’ for original equipment manufacturers and suppliers alike. I look forward to the difference these 56 new jobs will make in the local community,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“In operation for more than five decades, this plant is a longtime member of the Upstate business community, and we’re proud to watch their continued success in South Carolina,” Governor Henry McMaster said.

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