An automotive component manufacturer plans to add 140 jobs at its future Upstate facility set to open next year.
Tower International had announced last December it would hire 130 employees at its future facility in Fountain Inn. But they bumped up expectations again on Tuesday, announcing they would more than double the initial total up to 270 workers at the plant. Tower also said it would increase its investment in the site to $75 million up from $44 million.
“Tower International’s expansion in South Carolina is an important part of the expected future growth of our North American operations,” Tower Americas President Jim Bernard said in the announcement.
The Michigan-based company hopes to begin operations in September 2017. Hiring will begin next year. Greenville Area Development Corporation CEO Mark Farris has previously said the spec building was the last one available in the county. “The facility is brand new and was built on a speculative basis,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “So we were fortunate to have this kind of space available when Tower came looking, because that was a key part of their decision.”
The project has received job development credits from the state of South Carolina and a $100,000 Set-Aside grant from Greenville County to help with the costs of renovations and upgrades. The county had already approved a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement before it made the original announcement.
Tower International assembles body-structure stampings, frames and other chassis structures, as well as complex-welded assemblies for cars, crossovers, pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.