BorgWarner Inc. expanding Oconee County manufacturing operations
May 28, 2015
Company investing $13.3 million to expand Oconee County operations
BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA), a global leader in powertrain solutions, is expanding its existing manufacturing operations in Oconee County. The $13.3 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs in Seneca, S.C., over the next five years.
Borg-Warner Corporation was formed in 1928 by four automotive suppliers, including Borg & Beck, Marvel-Schebler, Mechanics Universal Joint, and Warner Gear–the forerunner of BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems. Today, as one of the top suppliers for the global automotive industry, BorgWarner operates 58 facilities in 19 countries, employingapproximately 22,000 workers worldwide. With a diverse customer base, the company serves a variety of markets, including the passenger car and light truck, commercial vehicle, off-highway, construction and agricultural markets.
BorgWarner last announced a South Carolina expansion in November 2013, a $24.6 million investment that created 105 new jobs. With this new expansion, BorgWarner will be remaining in its existing facility, located at 15545 Wells Highway in Seneca. Aimed at increasing the facility’s transfer case production, the expansion will be achieved with the purchase of new machinery and the expected hiring of 50 new employees, which will bring its total local employment to more than 750.
In addition to this expansion, BorgWarner also has recently reached an agreement with the City of Seneca to lease approximately 100,000 square feet within the Seneca Commerce Center, located at 320 Shiloh Road. The company will use the newly-leased facility as warehouse space.
Hiring for the new positions is anticipated to begin in June 2015. Those interested in joining the BorgWarner team may visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on BorgWarner Inc., visit www.borgwarner.com.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
“Through hard work and dedication, our team has built BorgWarner’s outstanding reputation as a premier transfer case supplier. Numerous customer awards attest to the quality we deliver. Our 2015 South Carolina Silver Crescent Award for Manufacturing Excellence also demonstrates our dedication to promoting manufacturing, supporting education and helping those in need in the local community. We are pleased to continue expanding in South Carolina.” -Dr. Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner TorqTransfer Systems
“The fact that BorgWarner has decided to expand its South Carolina operations for the second time in less than 2 years is a testament to South Carolina’s pro-business environment and hardworking workforce. This $13 million investment and the 50 new jobs it will create will make a real difference in Oconee County, and we look forward to watching this great company continue to grow for many more years.” -Gov. Nikki Haley
“Today’s announcement is yet another big victory for South Carolina’s thriving manufacturing industry and automotive sector. I offer my congratulations to BorgWarner for all of the success they’ve achieved in our state, and I look forward to their continued success here and around the world.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“It is great to see BorgWarner continue to take advantage of Oconee’s strong business infrastructure. The company’s expansion reflects not only the strength of Oconee’s growing manufacturing industry but also our dynamic logistics network.” – Oconee County Council Chairman Wayne McCall
“BorgWarner is a great example of a company that’s been able to make the most of all that Oconee County has to offer. We recognize the importance of existing industry and will continue to be an advocate for them for years to come.” – Oconee Economic Alliance Chairman Glenn Buddin
“On behalf of the City of Seneca, it is great to have BorgWarner call our area home and to have them not only conduct another expansion that will create a ripple effect throughout our community but to also have them lease space at the city-owned Seneca Commerce Center, this is quite the winning combination.” – City of Seneca Mayor Dan Alexander