Plant expansion to create new jobs in Greenville County - FOX Carolina 21

Plant expansion to create new jobs in Greenville County

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An automotive parts manufacturer plans to hire 60 new workers and expand its existing facility in Greenville County, the director of the Greenville Area Development Corporation, Butch Kirven, announced Friday.

Drive Automotive Industries of America will invest $50 million in its plant on Moon Acres Road in Piedmont, Kirven said. The company makes automotive body panels and assembles body systems using hydraulic presses and robotic equipment.

The expansion will add 150,000 square feet to the plant. That will allow Drive Automotive to meet demand from its growing list of customers, which includes major automakers and heavy truck manufacturers, Kirven said.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley hailed the announcement as proof of the state's ability to attract investment.

"South Carolina continues to show that it is the right place to do business. Announcements like this one show we are doing the right things to help companies prosper and grow," Haley said.

Drive Automotive began operations at its Greenville County facility in 1994. The company expects the expansion to be finished by the third quarter of 2013. Hiring should begin in 2014.

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