Automotive supplier, ZF is expanding its transmission manufacturing operations in Laurens County with the addition of new manufacturing and warehouse space. The company is investing $22.5 million in the expansion and creating 545 new jobs in Gray Court, S.C., over the next five years.
“Laurens County and South Carolina continue to provide a strong home for ZF’s manufacturing of our 8- and 9-speed transmissions,” said ZF Transmissions Gray Court Vice President Thomas Joos. “We appreciate the continued support of the local and state governments, and all of our partners in providing a healthy environment for ZF’s continued growth.”
ZF is a global supplier of driveline and chassis technology, as well as active and passive safety technology. With an annual capacity of 1.2 million transmissions, ZF Transmissions Gray Court is the manufacturing site of the 8-speed automatic transmission, as well as the world’s first 9-speed automatic transmission. The company last announced an expansion of this facility in 2013, a $175 million project that brought ZF’s Laurens County employment total to more than 1,600. ZF was acquired by TRW Automotive in May 2015.
The company has purchased an existing building located in the Owings Industrial Park to accommodate this latest expansion. The 150,000-square-foot facility will house manufacturing and warehousing operations, allowing ZF to increase its current capacity. Generating 545 new positions, the expansion is expected to increase the company’s Laurens County workforce to more than 2,000. Completion of this expansion is anticipated for the first quarter of 2016.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $1.2 million Set Aside grant to Laurens County to assist with the costs of land acquisition. The Council has also approved job development credits related to the project.