At least 71 new jobs are headed for Spartanburg County.
Netherlands-based AWL-Techniek, a producer of high-tech welding machines primarily for the automotive market, said Friday it will invest $2.53 million to establish its first plant in the U.S.
The company has leased a more than 33,000-square-foot facility on almost four acres at 4231 Orchard Park Boulevard, the former Bico South building.
“This is in line with AWL’s global strategy, whereby we offer our customers a worldwide standard with local service and construction,” said Brand van ‘t Hof, CEO of AWL-Techniek, in a statement. “We particularly see opportunities in the American automotive segment both for our existing customers that manufacture worldwide and for new local players.”
Per Blohm, business development manager for AWL-Techniek, said the company has already begun hiring for the new jobs ranging from office to mechatronics positions.
The company has temporarily set up shop in Spartanburg Community College’s Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Development at its Tyger River Campus off Highway 290 near Duncan, Blohm said.
He said the company hopes to have its operation in the new space up and running within the next six to eight weeks.
The company’s lease is for five years with a five-year renewal, but it has the option to buy the facility after two years and until its fourth year, said Adam Padgett with Lyons Industrial Properties, who represented the landlord in the transaction.
AWL-Techniek represented itself in the deal, Padgett said.
Blohm said the facility will produce state-of-the-art robotic laser, MIG, and spot welding machines for customers in the U.S. and Mexico. It will also have office, laboratory, and engineering spaces.
“We do like it here,” Blohm said. “We think it’s good for us and good for our clients. We’d like to thank Upstate Alliance SC. They are a valuable asset to this state and country. They helped us tremendously… Spartanburg Community College and Spartanburg County have been great to work with.”
Sources familiar with the matter said AWL-Techniek’s facility is the economic development project in Spartanburg County codenamed “Project Tulip.”
County Council is scheduled to vote on the first reading of the company’s incentives during its monthly meeting on Monday, July 17.
Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt said he could not comment on projects in the pipeline, but said he is encouraged by the current activity in the county.
According to the company’s website, AWL-Techniek has facilities in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, and China.