Samsung adds second production line at Newberry County plant

The South Korea-based electronics manufacturer’s American affiliate said Tuesday, March 19, the second production line will be for the assembly of top-load washing machines.

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An aerial view of Samsung's new $380 million production plant in Newberry. Photo Courtesy of Samsung.

Samsung has announced the launch of a second production line at its Newberry County plant.

The South Korea-based electronics manufacturer’s American affiliate said Tuesday, March 19, the second production line will be for the assembly of top-load washing machines.

In January, Samsung Electronics Home Appliance America (SEHA) launched production at its $380 million, 450,000-square-foot plant, located in the former Newberry Caterpillar plant at 284 Mawsons Way, with its first production line dedicated to front-load washing machines.

“We are thrilled to now be producing twice as many washing machines in Newberry County,” said Tony Fraley, the plant’s manager, in a statement. “This couldn’t have happened without a talented, energetic workforce which we’ve found in South Carolina.”

“We know our timelines have been aggressive, but the faster we are up and running, the faster we can employ nearly 1,000 people, which is our goal,” Fraley added.

To date, the company said it has hired more than 650 employees for the facility, with 90 percent coming from Newberry and surrounding communities.

Samsung said the plant’s workforce is split evenly between men and women.

More than 100 of those associates previously worked for Caterpillar and many of the nearly 1,000 contractors involved in the plant’s construction were part of the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear project, the company said.

Samsung said it envisions the Newberry facility becoming its “U.S. hub for manufacturing, research, and development across much of the home appliance business unit.”

In addition to the second production line, SEHA announced the hire of former GE executive Thomas Komaromi as general counsel and former Coats official Sherri Satterfield as director of human relations for the Newberry plant.

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