BMW supplier Schedl planning first U.S. plant in Spartanburg County

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A German wheel and tire assembly manufacturer will open its first U.S. production plant in Spartanburg County.

Schedl Automotive System Service GmbH plans to move into a new 150,000-square-foot facility that will be built on 10.68 acres at 1181 Howell Road in Duncan within Hillside Enterprise Park.

Sources familiar with the project said the BMW supplier’s multimillion-dollar announcement is expected to bring more than 100 jobs to the county.

On Oct. 10, 2016, the limited partnership Spartanburg Schedl Automotive System Service registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State’s office.

A spokesperson for the company could not be reached for comment.

Joel Scannell, managing partner for Scannell Properties, an Indiana-based developer that owns the 84.5-acre Hillside Enterprise Park, said he could not comment on Schedl’s plan.

Schedl will occupy a 150,000-square-foot facility that will be built on this 10.68-acre site at 1181 Howell Road in Duncan at Hillside Enterprise Park.
Schedl will occupy a 150,000-square-foot facility that will be built on this 10.68-acre site at 1181 Howell Road in Duncan at Hillside Enterprise Park.

Schedl’s facility will be constructed between two sites that have recently attracted new companies to Spartanburg.

The first is an existing 150,000-square-foot facility at 1171 Howell Road that will house German automotive supplier Brose and one other tenant yet to be named.

In November, Hickory, N.C.-based Advanced Ceramic Coatings (ACC), a joint venture between Ohio-based GE Aviation and Turbocoating Corp. of Italy, announced it will invest $15 million to build a new 62,500-square-foot facility at 1191 Howell Road and create 50 jobs.

Schedl’s site plan was filed with the county under the economic development project code-named “Project Royale.”

“We opened up the site for development about a year ago and are in the process of building out half of the park,” Scannell said. “Hopefully, things will continue to move at this pace. We’d like to see the next half completed during the next couple of years. We have been picking up tenants in light manufacturing and distribution. These are good jobs for the market, which is what we hoped for.”

Scannell said there are still about 28 acres of undeveloped property at the park, which could support up to 400,000 square feet of industrial space.

The brokerage team of Garrett Scott, Givens Stewart, and Brockton Hall with Colliers International represents the developer.

Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said he was grateful for Scannell’s investment in Spartanburg, but could not comment on projects that are in development.

According to the company’s website, Schedl grew out of a joint venture between Continental and Lemmerz in 1993.

The company has 12 facilities in Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Portugal, and China.

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