BorgWarner expanding in Seneca again

Machinist Thomas Blackwell working at the BorgWarner plant in Seneca. Photos by Will Crooks

The BorgWarner auto parts plant in Seneca is growing for the sixth time since 2007.

In the latest expansion, the company will spend $71.9 million and add 160 jobs at the plant as the result of new business, according to a news release from the state Commerce Department.

BorgWarner already employs about 900 people at the factory, according to David Jacobs, plant manager.

The plant makes a part called a transfer case that goes in Ford, Dodge, and Toyota pickup trucks, as well as the Cadillac ATS/CTS and the Chrysler 300.

The transfer cases – gears and bearings inside an aluminum or magnesium housing – transfer torque to rear and/or front wheels. They weigh between 100 and 150 pounds each.

BorgWarner, based in Auburn Hills, previously spent $76.4 million and added 323 jobs in five expansions at the plant between 2007 and 2015, according to Richard Blackwell, Oconee County’s economic development director.

Transfer case on display at the BorgWarner plant in Seneca.

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