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Schneider Electric Expands Hopkins-Seneca, South Carolina, Operations

Schneider Electric, an energy management and automation company, plans to expand its operations in Oconee County and Richland County, South Carolina. The $23.8 million project is expected to create 280 jobs.

The company’s Oconee County engineer-to-order facility manufactures low-voltage motor control centers, panelboard box and trim, and lighting and PowerLink panelboards. At its Richland County site, Schneider produces NW breakers, low-voltage switchgear and switchboards.

“As our economy becomes more digitized and electrified, Schneider Electric is spearheading this transformation through investments in a robust domestic supply chain of key technologies. By improving our factory efficiency and growing our talented South Carolina workforce, we’re further contributing to the revitalization of American manufacturing. Thank you to Governor McMaster and the many local leaders who have fostered a welcoming, innovative business environment and continue to be invaluable partners for Schneider Electric’s growth in the Palmetto State,” said Schneider Electric President of North America Operations Aamir Paul.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits to support the project.

“We are excited to witness the impact these investments have in Oconee and Richland counties and applaud Schneider Electric’s commitment to grid resilience in our state. SC NEXUS is poised to lead the advanced energy transition across the country, and we are proud to have Schneider Electric as a part of this effort,” Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III noted.

Schneider Electric is a global industrial technology company bringing expertise in electrification, automation and digitization to smart industries, resilient infrastructure, future-proof data centers, intelligent buildings, and intuitive homes. The company provides integrated end-to-end lifecycle AI enabled Industrial IoT solutions with connected products, automation, software and services, delivering digital twins to enable profitable growth for our customers.

“Schneider Electric has been operating in our community for over 30 years and is one of our most respected employers. We are thrilled and appreciative of their decision to invest in the Seneca plant. The expansion is a strong testament to the county’s outstanding business climate and talented manufacturing workforce. Companies like Schneider Electric are what make Oconee a top shelf for business location,” Oconee Economic Alliance President Jamie Gilbert added.

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