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China-Based JGBR Plans Manufacturing Plant In Walterboro, South Carolina

JGBR, a manufacturing company headquartered in Rugao, China, will invest $7.2 million to locate a production plant in Colleton County, South Carolina. The company expects to create 65 new jobs.

Supplying a global market, JGBR manufactures high-precision steel balls and ball bearings with a focus on the mechanical and automotive markets. This new Colleton County operation will serve not only North America, but the Mexican and South American markets as well.

Located at 1310 N. Jefferies Boulevard in Walterboro, South Carolina, the 240,000-square-foot facility will be situated across nine acres. The company plans to begin operations in Colleton County later this year with a goal of full production by early 2017. Once fully operational, JGBR plans to produce 400 tons of steel balls every month at the Walterboro facility.

As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project, as well as a $250,000 grant to assist with the costs of real property improvements.

“We looked at sites globally and selected Colleton County, South Carolina because we believe it is the perfect location to serve our existing customers in South Carolina and to grow our North American business,” JGBR Walterboro Corp. Vice President of Operations Billy Strickland said.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome JGBR to the South Carolina family. Another great win for one of our state’s rural communities, this $7.2 million investment, and the 65 new jobs it means for Colleton County, will have a real impact on the local community and is a real reason to celebrate across our state,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

“With today’s announcement that JGBR has selected Colleton County as the location of its first South Carolina operations, rural South Carolina has earned yet another big win. We look forward to watching them succeed and grow here for years to come,” added Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

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