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Emitec Invests $3 Million To Expand Its Manufacturing Center In Laurens County, South Carolina

Emitec, an exhaust technology company and wholly owned subsidiary of Continental, is expanding its Laurens County, South Carolina, manufacturing plant to boost capacity and serve new automotive customers. The $3 million investment, which will add new equipment to manufacture catalytic converter substrates, will create 20 new jobs.

"Emitec is proud to call South Carolina home and could not be more pleased to be able to announce a further step of growth to our facility here in Fountain Inn. We are hoping to continue our growth into the future together with the fine state of South Carolina and the Upstate,” said Juergen Wagner, Vice President of Operations, Emitec, Inc.

Previously a joint venture of international automotive suppliers Continental and GKN, Continental acquired 100 percent ownership of the company in July 2014. The company operates at 400 South Nelson Drive in Fountain Inn, where it has produced automotive exhaust parts since 1997. The Fountain Inn facility currently employs around 55 personnel.

"For nearly 20 years, Emitec has been a strong member of our state's business community, and we couldn't be more excited that they are expanding and creating 20 more jobs in Fountain Inn. Bringing new companies to South Carolina will always be important, but so is taking care of the ones we already have, and this is a great example of how those efforts are paying off,” said Governor Nikki Haley.

"South Carolina's automotive sector, including tires, employs nearly 60,000 in the state. Expansions like this one are more proof that automotive manufacturing is driving the economy here in the Palmetto State,” Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt noted.


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