JTEKT begins second expansion on South Carolina facility

Automotive parts manufacturer JTEKT Corporation is expanding its Richland County, South Carolina, facility. The Japan-based company builds bearing, steering and all-wheel drive components under the Koyo brand. It employs more than 43,000 people located in 14 facilities in North America.

The current 250,000-square-foot facility must double its size to be able to increase its manufacturing capacity. The company is investing $130 million into the project so it can meet the growing U.S. demand for its products.

This is the second expansion JTEKT will perform on the Richland County plant. The facility opened in 1995 and currently employs 225 people. JTEKT anticipates hiring 175 new workers over the next three years.

"This investment demonstrates JTEKT's commitment to the North American auto industry as well as the community and citizens of Richland County," said Hiroyuki Kaijima, chief executive officer of JTEKT North America. "We are thankful to Gov. Haley and the government municipalities for their collaboration and dedication to help us make this expansion a reality."

Automotive industry businesses should work with manufacturing recruiters when they are expanding their locations to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.