Area Development
AFL, a maker of fiber optic products and equipment and wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Fujikura Ltd., is investing $8.6 million to expand its operations in Spartanburg County, Duncan, South Carolina, where it expects to hire 95 new employees.

"Demand for our products is growing and this expansion will help us grow our business and better meet the needs of our customers. AFL considered a number of locations for our expansion, and are very pleased to have chosen to expand here in Spartanburg County. South Carolina has provided us with an excellent business environment. We appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials," said Kenny Nara, chairman for AFL.

The company, with 720 employees, plans to add a new product line at the company's existing facility at 260 Parkway East and then move to its new manufacturing plant at 104 Hidden Lake Circle, also in Duncan.

"When South Carolina's existing businesses are investing and adding jobs, that shows we are on the right track with our economic development efforts. Today's announcement by AFL is a sign of that. We appreciate the company's decision to expand here and create 95 new jobs in Duncan," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

"Foreign-affiliated companies, like AFL, understand that South Carolina is the right place for them to do business. These businesses manufacture high-quality products in the Palmetto State and send them to customers across the country and around the globe," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

"We have enjoyed working with AFL over the years, and we look forward to this new opportunity. We appreciate their continued commitment providing capital investment and new jobs for Spartanburg County," said David Britt, chairman of the Economic Development Committee for Spartanburg County Council and member of the Economic Futures Group Board of Directors.