The state department of commerce announced more industrial growth for Sumter County. Kaydon Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence there with an $8.9 million investment that is expected to generate 75 new jobs.
Kaydon has purchased a building once occupied by Bosch in Sumter near the campus of its custom bearings facility, where it produces bearings for a wide range of general industrial markets. The company will add equipment to the building and expects to have the new facility online by this fall. Kaydon also has an industrial tank turret/wind turbine bearing production facility in Sumter. They sell to alternative energy, industrial, aerospace, medical and electronic equipment and aftermarket customers
According to the SC Department of Commerce, this expansion is only the latest in a string of local expansions for the Michigan-based manufacturer.
“We’ve been working with Kaydon for several years now to find ways to help make them more competitive, more productive and more profitable,” Sumter Development Board Chairman Greg A. Thompson, said in a release. “We’ve made several trips to Michigan to convince Kaydon that Sumter is poised and ready for their corporate growth.”
Hiring has started and is ongoing during 2010. readySC™ in cooperation with the Central Carolina Technical College will soon be conducting a pre-employment training program for assemblers and machine operators. The company says the jobs are for second and third shifts, and CNC and manufacturing experience desired.