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Columbia Vehicle Group Plans Aiken, South Carolina, Production Operations

Columbia Vehicle Group, an electric vehicle manufacturer, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Aiken, South Carolina. The $12.2 million project is expected to create 180 jobs.

The investment will include the purchase of an existing 154,480-square-foot facility.

“We’ve been investing in great communities since 1947 with Aiken being a superb fit to our continued global expansion of the Tomberlin and Columbia brands. It has been a pleasure working with Aiken County and the S.C. Department of Commerce,” Columbia Vehicle Group CEO Michael Tomberlin said.

As an incentive, The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits related to the project. The council also awarded a $100,000 Set-Aside grant to Aiken County to assist with the costs of building improvements.

“South Carolina prioritizes supporting our local supply chain to help make it easier to do business in South Carolina. We are pleased this effort contributed to Columbia Vehicle Group’s decision to relocate to Aiken County and look forward to supporting the company as it launches a new legacy in our state,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

Part of the Nordic Group of Companies, Columbia manufactures pure electric vehicles for industrial and commercial markets under the Columbia and Tomberlin brands. The company’s products, which include golf carts, utility vehicles, maintenance vehicles and e-bikes, are distributed globally.

“We would like to thank Columbia Vehicle Group for choosing Aiken County for this investment and the new jobs that will be created. The adaptive reuse of an existing building and the continued diversification of our manufacturing sector is impactful to Aiken County,” Western SC Economic Development Partnership Chairman Gary Stooksbury added.

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