Lear Corp. will invest $7.7 million to expand Spartanburg County operations


BMW supplier Lear Corp. announced Thursday it will invest $7.7 million to expand its operations in Spartanburg County.

The company said the funds will cover facility improvements and new manufacturing equipment at its plant at 1200 Woods Chapel Road in Duncan.

Lear did not announce new jobs, but said the enhancements will support the launch of seating programs for Volvo’s assembly plant in Berkeley County and Spartanburg County-based BMW Manufacturing Co.

“We have a world-class seating facility in Duncan, South Carolina, with an outstanding workforce,” said Matt Simoncini, president and CEO of Lear, in a statement. “We are very pleased to be able to invest in future growth at this location.”

County Council approved the company’s incentives for the project in December.

Lear was one of the first automotive suppliers to follow BMW to Spartanburg.

In 1993, the company announced its plan to build a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at 1825 E. Main St. in Duncan. At the time, the company said it hoped to employ 150 people.

Today, Lear has about 800 employees in the county. Volvo is the Duncan facility’s first major customer outside of BMW.

“We are extremely pleased that Lear Corporation is expanding and growing its operations in Spartanburg County,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt in a statement. “Lear’s decision to expand here represents our commitment to our existing industries. Spartanburg County will benefit from this expansion now and in the future.”

Lear Corp. is headquartered in Southfield, Mich. The company said it has 140,000 associates and facilities in 36 countries across the globe.

For more information, visit www.lear.com.


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