The DRÄXLMAIER Group, one of the world’s top automotive suppliers, is expanding its existing manufacturing operations in Spartanburg County. The company is investing more than $35 million in the project, creating 94 new jobs in Duncan, S.C. over the next five years.
“Our plant in Duncan plays an important strategic role for our global production network and for our customers right here in the Americas,” said Barbara Bergmeier, board member and head of Production and Logistics for the DRÄXLMAIER Group. “Our company has been in the Upstate of South Carolina for almost 20 years, and we plan to strengthen our ties even further in the near future. The expansion shows that we are committed to a steady growth in this region. The well-trained and highly-skilled workforce in South Carolina will help us to develop and manufacture high-quality products for our customers in the Americas and around the world.”
A Tier I supplier to the international automotive industry, DRÄXLMAIER manufactures interiors for premium automobiles and plastic components at its Duncan site. Opened in 1998, the facility has been expanded three times since then, the last time in 2011 when a new production wing was added to the existing building. Since then, DRÄXLMAIER has created more than 350 new jobs at its sole U.S. manufacturing site, which currently houses a workforce of approximately 1,000 people.
In an effort to facilitate growth in new customer contracts and to meet increased customer demand, DRÄXLMAIER is expanding the facility by constructing an 184,000-square-foot production and logistics building, as well as making upgrades to plant infrastructure and equipment. Located at 1751 East Main Street in Duncan, S.C., the expanded facility will allow DRÄXLMAIER to consolidate a number of processes from off-site locales to a more centralized location.
With the expansion project expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016, the company is already accepting applications for some of the new positions. Those interested in joining the DRÄXLMAIER team should visit the company’s careers page online. For more information on the DRÄXLMAIER Group, visit www.draexlmaier.us.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $500,000 Set Aside grant to Spartanburg County to assist with the costs of real property improvements related to the project.