Essex Weld Solutions establishing Cherokee County operations

March 10, 2016

Essex Weld Solutions, an international manufacturer of automotive racking products, is establishing operations in Cherokee County with Essex Weld USA Inc. The development will bring a capital investment of $2.6 million to the Upstate and create 70 new jobs.
A subsidiary of Essex Weld Solutions, Essex Weld USA Inc. is a full-service manufacturer of custom and standard automotive racking products, providing professional engineering services along with certifications for shipping and storage containers to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Using state-of-the-art robotic technology, Essex Weld Solutions produces high-quality structural assemblies for high-volume production at low operating costs.
To establish operations in Cherokee County, the company is moving into a 15,000-square-foot industrial warehouse, located at 597 Ford Road in Gaffney, S.C. Hiring is underway for the new positions, and the company is currently building up their staff for a two-shift operation. For more information on the company, visit
“We are thankful for the support we have received from the State of South Carolina and the Cherokee County team. We look forward to adding local design and manufacturing support for our customers.” -Essex Weld Solutions President John Friesen
“Essex Weld Solutions’ decision to do business in South Carolina is another example of a company that needs skilled employees recognizing that South Carolina’s workforce is one of the best in the world. We’re excited to welcome Essex to the South Carolina family and look forward to watching them expand.” -Gov. Nikki Haley
“Congratulations to Essex Weld USA Inc. on announcing their new Cherokee County operations. It’s exciting to see companies continue to embrace South Carolina’s diverse manufacturing base and select our state as a destination to do business.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt 
“We would like to welcome Essex Weld USA Inc. to Cherokee County. We believe we are uniquely situated to meet the needs of Essex Weld USA Inc. with our highly experienced workforce and we look forward to working with the company leadership to ensure great success.” -Cherokee County Council Chairman Tim Spencer