A Washington-based technology company announced Thursday it will invest $8 million to expand its Oconee County operations and create 100 jobs.
Itron, a provider of solutions for the energy and water industries, said the investment will include a reconfiguration of its 330,000-square-foot plant at 313 S. Highway 11 in West Union to support production of natural gas meters.
The facility currently employs 800 people.
“Itron’s leadership in innovation is exemplified at our facility in Oconee County, from cutting-edge grid technologies to automated manufacturing lines,” said Mike Higgins, senior operations manager for Itron’s Oconee business, in a statement. “Itron, through past acquisitions, has been located here for more than 50 years. We are proud of our roots in the area, and we are glad to support economic growth in South Carolina.”
Itron said the facility began operating in 1962 under the Sangamo banner. In 1975, it was acquired by Schlumberger.
Itron took ownership of the plant in 2004 through its acquisition of Schlumberger Electricity Metering.
“On behalf of Oconee County, we are grateful to Itron for this recent decision to continue investing within their operations in West Union and for these new jobs,” said Oconee County Council Chairwoman Edda Cammick, in a statement. “For decades now, Itron has called Oconee home and continued to showcase to the world that companies in our community will have long-term success manufacturing products for a global consumer base.”
According to the company’s website, Itron’s product portfolio includes electricity, gas, water, and thermal energy measurement devices, as well as control technology, communications systems, software, and managed and consulting services.
The company said it has more than 7,000 employees at 58 facilities in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.