Manufacturer investing $5.8 million and creating 50 jobs in Greenville County

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Alfmeier Friedrichs & Rath, a manufacturer of automotive components, is expanding its Greenville County operations, with approximately 50 new jobs and a capital investment of $5.8 million

Established in 1993, AFR is a developer and manufacturer of automotive components with a concentration on fuel management, vacuum support and seating comfort solutions. With in-house plastic injection molding and custom assembly and test systems, the company has more than 500 employees and uses 32 injection-molding machines across three locations.

The announcement was made by the Greenville Area Development Corp., the county-chartered organization tasked with advancing the area’s economic growth.

“AFR is pleased to be expanding operations in Greenville to accommodate our increasing business,” said AFR President Markus Farrenkopf. “Our success is a direct result of the dedication and hard work of all of our associates, particularly those on the factory floor who strive to do things a little better each day.

“We are proud to be part of a community and state that recognizes and supports the benefits of manufacturing and look forward to continued future growth.”

“It’s always exciting when we are able to celebrate the success of a South Carolina company and its decision to expand here,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “The 50 new jobs that this $5.8 million investment means for Greenville County will really make a difference in the lives of South Carolinians, and that’s a reason to celebrate throughout the entire state.”

Located at 120 Ellcon Drive in Greenville, the company will expand its factory floor by 20,000 square feet and its office facility by approximately 10,000 square feet.

The expansion should be completed by the second quarter of 2017, and hiring for the new positions is ongoing with an increase scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2017, officials said.

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