JTEKT North America, a global leader in engineering and manufacturing automotive systems, bearing solutions and high-performance machine tools, is expanding its manufacturing operation in Greenville County. The company’s $48.4 million investment will create 87 new jobs.
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Additive Plastics Group, a premier manufacturer of color and additive concentrates, specialty compounds and custom engineered products, is expanding in Anderson County. The $6.2 million investment will create 24 new jobs.
Sage Automotive Interiors is expanding its Sharon Plant in Abbeville County. The $10.45 million investment will create 95 new jobs.
Smurfit Kappa, a global leader in paper-based packaging solutions, is expanding its U.S. footprint with the company’s first South Carolina operation in Anderson County. The $68 million investment will create 200 new jobs.
Automotive and industrial supplier ZF Group is expanding its manufacturing facility in Laurens County, with a $500 million investment that will create 400 new jobs.
Nissin Foods plans to expand its U.S. footprint by establishing operations in Greenville County with a $228 million investment and 300 jobs.
Mojave Energy Systems (Mojave), a clean technology start-up company that develops and manufacturers next-generation commercial air conditioning systems, is establishing its first manufacturing facility in Anderson County.
Keurig Dr Pepper is developing a state-of-the-art coffee roasting and manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, investing an additional $100 million into the project.
Books for Less expanding South Carolina footprint to Oconee County with second distribution facility
Wholesale book distributor Books for Less is opening a new warehouse distribution operation in Oconee County. The company’s $3.9 million investment will create 20 new jobs.
German-based automotive supplier, Wenker, Inc. is building its new U.S. headquarters in Greenville County. The company’s $3.1 million investment will add 27 new jobs.
National engineering firm Garver to create Water Design Center and add new offices in Greenville County
Garver will create 100 new jobs as the company expands in Greenville County with plans to support water and wastewater projects across the Southeast.
Lima One Capital is one of the nation’s premier lenders for real estate investors. The company’s $51.4 million investment will create approximately 300 new jobs.
Hammer-IMS, a Belgian-based measurement systems supplier, is establishing operations in Spartanburg County at the Spark Center SC’s soft-landing space.
Sage Parts Plus, Inc. establishing new global headquarters and distribution operations in Greenville County
Sage Parts Plus, a global aviation parts supplier, plans to open its new global headquarters and distribution operations in Greenville County, with a $1.7 million investment that will create 73 new jobs.
Pan Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of pigment dispersions, specialty inks and coatings, is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Spartanburg County.
Gaffney Bakery, LLC and its partners today announced plans to establish operations in Cherokee County. The company’s $96 million investment will create more than 260 new jobs.
Itron, a global industrial Internet of Things (IoT) leader that innovates the way utilities and cities manage energy and water, is expanding its Oconee County operations. The company is planning a capital expenditure of $28.5 million over three years that will create nearly 100 new jobs.
Envogue International, producer of fashion-forward home décor, is relocating to Greenwood County.
Sulzer Pumps Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Swiss-based Sulzer Ltd, plans to expand operations in Pickens County with a $5.3 million investment that will create 25 new jobs.
Poultry processing solutions company Meyn America, LLC is establishing its first South Carolina operations in Oconee County. The $10.8 million investment will create 25 new jobs.
FN America, LLC expanding South Carolina footprint to Pickens County with second production facility
Firearms manufacturer FN America is expanding its South Carolina footprint with a new production facility in Pickens County, with a $33 million investment that will create 176 new jobs.
BorgWarner Inc. (BorgWarner), a global leader in mobility solutions, today announced plans to expand its facility in Oconee County. The company’s $42.7 million investment will create 122 new jobs.
TIME Bicycles (TIME), a leading carbon fiber bicycle manufacturer, has announced plans to establish its first South Carolina operations in Spartanburg County to build the nation’s largest carbon fiber bicycle factory.
Erchonia Corp., a global, laser technology manufacturer, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Greenville County.
GE Appliances (GEA), a Haier company, is expanding operations with a distribution center in Greenville County, with a $50 million investment slated to create 45 new jobs.
Milo’s Tea Company has announced plans to establish its first South Carolina operations in Spartanburg County. The company’s $130 million investment will create 103 new jobs.
$49.6 million investment to create approximately 58 new jobs over the next five years Yanfeng, a leading global automotive supplier, today announced the expansion of its operations in Laurens County. The company’s investment of $49.6 million will create approximately 58 new jobs over the next five years. Yanfeng has more than 240 locations and 67,000 […]
Upstate South Carolina, and the state as a whole, has earned an impressive reputation as one of the world’s leading automotive clusters.
Attracted by scenic views, sense of community and a highly desirable cost of living, Upstate South Carolina has become a place where people from various backgrounds can all come together and enjoy one of the nation’s best places to call home.
As airlines around the world work to address the demands of a global economy by expanding fleets and adjusting flight schedules, the industry is also seeking solutions to address the challenges of building a highly-skilled workforce to support the rapid growth.
Upstate South Carolina is drawing the attention of more Chinese-owned business, and for good reason.
Upstate South Carolina once again drew the attention of the automotive and technology industries this week with news that the Greenville county-based International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC) will become one of the first host sites for new wireless charging test beds for electric vehicles.
Site consultants are a valuable resource for companies looking to establish or expand operations. These individuals and firms are experts in assessing the attributes of cities, counties and states, taking into account what a region may offer when it comes to workforce development, tax incentives, available real estate, supply chains, infrastructure, quality of life and more.
Upstate South Carolina is a region that has always prided itself on its reputation for a dedicated, hard-working labor force. From the textile mills of decades past, to the manufacturing facilities found throughout the Upstate today, the workforce has been the key driver in the success of the 10-county region of Southwest South Carolina.
Survey finds S.C. is the top state for Overall Cost of Doing Business, Incentive Programs, Cooperative State Government and Speed of Permitting.
Later this month, leaders from the aerospace industry, government and the investment community will gather in the Palmetto State for the second annual South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo, held August 26-27 in Columbia, S.C.
Read any industry piece on workforce development and the apparent challenges of filling the skills gap and you’ll see experts stressing the importance of companies, especially in manufacturing and engineering, having hands-on involvement in their local education centers.
New Oconee County Youth Apprenticeship Program Will Ensure a More Qualified Workforce in Upstate South Carolina
Earlier this week, Oconee County launched a new Youth Apprenticeship Program in partnership with the School District of Oconee County and Apprenticeship Carolina. Primarily geared towards Oconee County’s manufacturing sector, the program will work closely with local industries to form the necessary partnerships, as well as provide comprehensive classroom training and the hands-on learning environments required to build a qualified, skilled workforce in Upstate South Carolina.
Much of South Carolina’s recent success can be attributed to the active role Governor Nikki Haley has played in promoting the unique advantages found here in the Palmetto State.
Upstate South Carolina took home another award last week when Fodor’s Travel named Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail to its list of America’s Best Urban Bike Paths.
According to the CBRE’s recent reports for Q1 2015, the Greenville-Spartanburg market has almost five million square feet of industrial space under construction—the highest level of development in the area over the past 15 years.
Volvo Cars Corp. announced that it has chosen South Carolina as the site for its first U.S. plant, outlining a plan to build a $500 million plant in Berkeley County.
Home to global leaders such as BMW, Bosch, Magna, Michelin and ZF, Upstate South Carolina has become one of the nation’s most dynamic regions for automotive production and research
Milliken & Company has a deep-rooted history in Upstate South Carolina and the influence of former President, Roger Milliken can still be felt in the region and throughout the textile industry. Milliken & Company operates from the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C., employing more than 7,000 workers throughout 39 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., the U.K., Belgium, France and China.
Upstate South Carolina’s top-ranked business climate, world-class research collaborations and a superb quality of life are a major reason the region continues to call world-renowned companies like BMW, Michelin, Fujifilm, GE and others home.
A recent report from the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings demonstrates that Greenville Technical College ranks as one of the national leaders in value at two-year educational institutions.
Upstate South Carolina is home to nearly 1.4 million people, a number that continues to grow as the world takes note of the many benefits that are unique to the area. Recently, Livability, a website that explores what makes small-to-medium sizes cities a great places to call home, named Greenville, S.C. to its annual “Top 100 Best Places to Live”.
One of the recurring topics addressed at the recent S.C. Automotive Summit was the importance of collaboration and specifically, how manufactures can benefit from partnerships with local startups and innovation hubs.
Apprenticeship Carolina provides businesses in South Carolina with unique access to all the information and technical assistance they need to create demand-driven registered apprenticeship programs.
Earlier this week, the South Carolina Ports Authority reported that the Greer, S.C.-based Inland Port handled 5,187 rail moves in March, achieving its highest volumes since the facility opening in November 2013. Fiscal year to date, the Inland Port has handled 40,313 rail moves and is 52 percent ahead of planned volumes.
Last year was a banner year for Upstate South Carolina. The region kicked off the year with major announcements from BMW Manufacturing and Toray Industries, and by year end, the Upstate’s total announcements equaled more than $4 billion in capital investment and nearly 5,000 jobs—more than the previous two years combined.
Around the world, advances in technology and communications are quickly leveling the global economic playing field, and increasing prosperity abroad is driving the demand for high-quality, American-made goods.
This week BMW Manufacturing celebrated a major company milestone as it announced the production of its 3 millionth vehicle assembled at its plant in Upstate South Carolina.
The national economy has continued to experience steady growth and with more companies electing to do business in the U.S., there is a growing need for highly skilled labor to meet the demand for American-made goods.
With 30-plus institutions of higher learning, programs like iMAGINE Upstate and resources such as the NEXT High School, Upstate South Carolina continues to serve as a center for the advancement of STEM education.
The manufacturing industry continues to be one of the United States’ strongest growing and prolific job markets, with the industry supporting an estimated 17.6 million jobs in the United States, according to the most recent data from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
“The South is doing far more to recruit and train for the next generation,” said Laurie Harbour, President and CEO of Harbour Results, in regards to building an automotive workforce. “You guys are setting the foundation”
Next week the automotive industry’s national and global leaders will come together in Upstate South Carolina for the 4th Annual S.C. Automotive Summit, held February 23-25 in Greenville, S.C.
On Wednesday, representatives from a number of South Carolina’s leading bioscience companies gathered for a Biomedical Manufacturing Roundtable hosted by SCBIO at the offices of Upstate SC Alliance.
In January, Vapor Apparel, a performance apparel manufacturer and digital print-on-demand service provider, announced it would invest $1.3 million to open a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Union County, creating 114 new jobs in Upstate South Carolina.
Nikolaos Rigas, director of Clemson University’s new wind-turbine drivetrain test center, was recognized as one of ENR’s top 25 Newsmakers
Developed and built primarily as a testing and research center for wind-turbine drivetrains, Clemson University’s Energy Innovation Center in North Charleston, S.C., is still ramping up operations. However, it’s already producing results, says Nikolaos Rigas, the facility’s director and the guiding force behind the unique test center’s development.
The Upstate SC Alliance will formally launch the Upstate SC Regional Export Plan on March 11 at its Annual Meeting. The plan is the culmination of a year’s worth of work by leaders across the region that when fully executed will strengthen the Upstate and further secure its place in the global economy.
Charles Hard Townes, an industry pioneer who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the laser, passed away early Tuesday morning. In honor of Dr. Townes, a native of Greenville, S.C., we would like to share the following biography courtesy of Dr. John Ballato, Clemson University’s Vice President for Economic Development, noted optical expert and professor of materials science and engineering:
Monday marked yet another milestone in the Upstate’s mission to provide the automotive, transportation, and other high-tech sectors with a highly-skilled workforce with the groundbreaking of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI), a $25 million collaboration between Clemson University and Greenville Technical College.
Since its first flight in 1962, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) has earned a reputation as one of the finest airports in the country. GSP’s competitive airfare draws in more than 1.8 million passengers per year, who are served by six major airlines offering non-stop departures to 15 major cities and 18 different airports across the country.
2015 was another banner year in economic development for the Upstate region of South Carolina. Our 9 member counties gained $1.291 billion in capital investment, announced 76 total projects and created 6,471 new jobs.
More than 50 aviation and aerospace-related companies, including GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, Cytec, Carbures and more, call Upstate South Carolina home. With close proximity to major OEMs, such as the Boeing facility in Charleston, S.C., Gulfstream in Savannah, Ga., and Honda in North Carolina, the Upstate sits in the center of a growth hub for aerospace.
Having just celebrated the strongest year ever in terms of announced capital investment, the Upstate has no intention of slowing down. As demand in the Upstate market continues, both public and private entities are stepping up to make sure their communities have the right product to attract new and expanding industry. Included here is a partial list of available propertyin the Upstate market.
According to a recent study by the National Association of Counties (NACO) released earlier this week, Anderson County is one of just 65 counties among the 3,000-plus U.S. counties that has fully recovered from the recent economic recession, meeting or surpassing pre-recession levels for home prices, economic output, unemployment rate and jobs.
In 2014, companies said they would spend almost $4 billon building or expanding operations across Upstate South Carolina. As companies continue to thrive in the Upstate, they also create an ever-growing skilled workforce, creating over 4,500 new jobs in the Upstate in 2014.
With an active nightlife and a wide range of cultural activities from Broadway musicals to major sporting events, combined with an impressive number of lakes and mountains for outdoor recreation, the Upstate offers a unique mix of entertainment not found anywhere else.
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