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Itron Establishes West Union, South Carolina, Center Of Excellence

Itron, a global industrial Internet of Things leader that innovates the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, plans to expand its existing facility and establish a Center of Excellence for manufacturing operations in Oconee County, South Carolina. The $28 million project is expected to create 100 jobs.

The company will reconfigure the plant to include manufacturing for gas and water endpoints, which collect and transmit meter data. The expansion is scheduled for completion by the end of 2024.

“Itron’s Oconee plant has a long history of manufacturing excellence and is known for its commitment to quality. Through past acquisitions, we have been located in the area for more than 50 years. We are proud of our roots here and look forward to expanding our operations,” Itron North America Operations Director and Oconee Plant Manager Vijay Rajaram said.

Serving communities in more than 100 countries, Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure solutions. The company’s portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps its customers better manage their critical infrastructure.

“Itron has been a member of the Oconee County business community for more than 50 years, and we are delighted to support another investment within our borders. Itron continues to provide solutions to modernize critical infrastructure which is vital to sustainable economic development. Congratulations to Itron; we are grateful for such a strong partnership.” noted Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

“It’s another top shelf for business in Oconee County with Itron’s decision to establish a Center of Excellence at their West Union facility. Itron is a world leader in the utility metering and monitoring sector and has been an important part of Oconee County’s economy for many years. As one of the county’s longest operating manufacturers, we are thrilled that Itron is making a commitment to significantly expand their Oconee operations, and we appreciate the new investment and excellent job opportunities it will generate. It speaks volumes about Oconee County’s outstanding business climate and workforce, which are capable of supporting a variety of advanced manufacturers,” added Oconee Economic Alliance President and CEO Jamie Gilbert.

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