Weber Automotive, a maker of vehicle components, will invest more than $51 million to establish its new manufacturing operations at Palmetto Commerce Park in Charleston County, South Carolina
. The new facility, which is expected to create 84 jobs during the next four years and begin operations in 2015, will make drivetrain components.
“We are thrilled about setting up new operations here in North Charleston. South Carolina offers us an excellent business environment and a talented workforce in a region that is growing as an automotive hub. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Daniel Weber, chief financial officer and chief officer of sales for Weber Automotive.
“Weber Automotive’s decision to locate new manufacturing operations in South Carolina is another sign that companies realize South Carolina is the new ‘it’ state for business. Today’s announcement brings more than $51 million and 84 new jobs to North Charleston, and we look forward to Weber Automotive’s future growth here,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.
“Our state’s reputation in the automotive club continues to grow with the help of announcements like this one by Weber Automotive. The company’s investment will create jobs that will have an impact in Charleston County and beyond,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. As an incentive the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a set aside grant of $200,000 for road improvements.
“Congratulations to Weber Automotive on this fabulous news,” said Teddie Pryor, chairman of Charleston County Council. “We know they will enjoy their plant location in Palmetto Commerce Park, as well as a world-class workforce and relationships with many other seasoned automotive operations in the greater Charleston area. Charleston County helped build the business case for this expansion, and we will support Weber Automotive long after the first ribbon-cutting.”
“Weber Automotive will be an asset to the Charleston region,” said Charleston Regional Development Alliance Chairman Bob Whitten. “Our three counties offer an incredible combination of assets for global manufacturers, including an established automotive cluster, a skilled workforce with a depth of expertise and integrated transportation infrastructure. By choosing to locate in the Charleston region, Weber Automotive sends a powerful message to automotive companies around the world reinforcing just how competitive we have become.”