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Germany-Based ElringKlinger Group Plans Easley, South Carolina, Operations

Germany-based ElringKlinger Group, an automotive supplier, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Easley, South Carolina. The $40.3 million project is expected to create 115 jobs.

The new 226,000-square-foot facility, located at 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway, will manufacture electric battery cell contacting systems and become the company’s main U.S. hub for developing and manufacturing battery products. Operations are scheduled to begin in mid-2025.

“The new site in Pickens County is the next step for ElringKlinger in the implementation of its SHAPE30 transformation strategy. The American market generally offers great potential for battery technology applications. When it comes to unlocking this potential, the U.S. state of South Carolina is an optimal starting point for establishing the Group’s Battery Center Americas,” ElringKlinger Group CEO Thomas Jessulat said.

As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits to support the project. The council also awarded a $750,000 Set-Aside grant to Pickens County to assist with the costs of site preparation, building construction and road improvements.

“ElringKlinger’s new operation, which will serve as the company’s U.S. hub for battery products, is a testament to South Carolina’s reputation for excellence in automotive manufacturing,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

ElringKlinger focuses on two growth markets: the electrification of mobility and the advancement of the hydrogen economy. The company positioned itself for both markets at an early stage based on its core competencies – cutting-edge battery and fuel cell technology, related components and assemblies for engines, and the chassis of a car, including plastic housing and metallic stamped and molded parts. ElringKlinger currently operates 44 manufacturing sites globally.

“We are pleased that ElringKlinger has chosen Pickens County for its manufacturing and development hub in the United States. The company is a worldwide leader in automotive e-mobility technologies, and they are another great example of a high-tech international company choosing the Upstate because of our talented workforce, excellent manufacturing climate and proximity to markets. We look forward to them growing in our region,” Upstate SC Alliance President and CEO John H. Lummus added.

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