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Fukoku America Plans $13.9 Million Expansion At Laurens, South Carolina, Plant

Fukoku America, a manufacturer of rubber and plastic automotive products, is growing its operations at 325 Hunter Industrial Park Road in Laurens, South Carolina. The facility is located near I-26 between Greenville and Columbia. The expansion is expected to bring $13.9 million in new investment and lead to the creation of 65 jobs.

Fukoku is the largest producer of wiper blade rubber in the world and is used in a variety of applications, from automobiles and trains to ships and aircraft. With an annual production of wiper blade rubbers exceeding 200 million, the company accounts for a large share of the domestic market and approximately 40 percent of the international market. Fukoku also develops seals for industrial applications, such as pneumatic tools and industrial machinery.

The company will be increasing its manufacturing capacity for producing constant-velocity joint (CVJ) boots and rack and pinion boots for the automotive industry.

“We at Fukoku America are proud to have been part of the Laurens County Industrial Community for the past 15 years. We have had a great relationship with the City and County of Laurens, as well as the State of South Carolina. With this expansion, we look forward to continuing our industrial partnership with the Laurens County business community for many years to come,” Fukoku America Executive Vice President Masahiko Tsubota said.

“The fact that the partnership between Fukoku America and our great state continues to result in growth and success for both parties is something to be proud of. We’ve created one of the friendliest environments for business in the world, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Fukoku America,” Governor Henry McMaster said.

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