JTEKT North America expanding Oconee County operations

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Greenville-based automotive parts and engineering company JTEKT North America is investing $19.4 million to expand its existing production facility in Oconee County, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce.

The expansion includes an 18,000-square-foot addition to the 173,000-square-foot facility at 430 Torrington Road in West Union, according to a news release. It is expected to result in the creation of 56 new jobs.

Established in 1960, the facility was purchased by JTEKT Group in 2010 and currently houses Koyo Bearings, a division of JTEKT North America that supplies bearings and steering systems to major automotive manufacturers.

“Koyo’s dedication to continuously improving our manufacturing processes shows we are a consistent employer of choice within Oconee County,” said Shawn Grimm, engineering facilities manager at Koyo. “This is shown by our facility investment of over $19 million over a two-year period to improve equipment, processes, and our shop floor layout. We are proud of our location and glad to be part of this great area.”

Founded in 1958, JTEKT North America currently employs more than 5,400 associates at 14 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The company has operations across South Carolina, with plants in Piedmont, Blythewood, and Orangeburg, according to a news release.

In 2015, JTEKT North America announced an investment of $1.75 million and opened its operational headquarters at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville. It became operational in 2016.

For more information, visit jtekt-na.com.

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